We’ve come a long way since a time when the only gay people on TV were either closeted or unable to openly express their sexuality.
Previously, stars such as Frankie Howerd, Larry Grayson and John Inman often appeared sexless and neutered in a bid not to alienate 1970s family-friendly audiences.
Now, their contemporaries are welcomed and admired in the mainstream, and the small screen is filled with LGBT stars from all genders, ethnicities and walks of life.
As part of HuffPost UK Entertainment’s Loud & Proud series, we present a Who’s Who of today’s LGBT TV personalities, whose acting talents and presenting skills have transformed the TV industry into a much more diverse and accepting place.
HuffPost UK is turning Loud & Proud. Over the next fortnight, we’ll be celebrating how gay culture has influenced and, in turn, been embraced by all fields of entertainment, inspiring cinema-goers, TV audiences, music-lovers and wider society with its wit, creativity and power of expression.
Through features, video and blogs, we’ll be championing those brave pioneers who paved the way, exploring the broad range of gay culture in British film, TV and music and asking – what is left to be done? If you’d like to blog on our platform around these topics, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with a summary of who you are and what you’d like to blog about.
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