Neighbours screens first gay kiss

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'Neighbours' has screened its first gay kiss in its 27-year history between two of its characters Chris Pappas and boyfriend Aidan Foster.

'Neighbours' has screened its first gay kiss in its 27-year history.

The Australian soap aired Chris Pappas (James Mason) and his boyfriend Aidan Foster (Bob Morley) locking lips on the dance floor at a party on Ramsay Street.

The scene has already been shown Down Under, where it was given the thumbs up from fans.

One wrote: "I love how there's a gay couple in Neighbours. They're so adorable and basically the reason I watch the show these days."

Another said: "Well done to @james_mason15 for showing it's OK to be gay. Be proud."

The soap's executive producer, Susan Bower, said she wanted to tackle the issue sensitively.

She said: "It's not sensationalist or token. We are very proud of the way we have done this."

The scenes will be shown on Channel 5 in the UK later this month.

It's not the first time the show has explored same-sex love interests as in 2004 'Neighbours' screened a lesbian embrace between schoolgirls Lana Crawford (Bridget Neval) and Sky Mangel (Stephanie McIntosh).

'Neighbours' has now followed in the footsteps of fellow soaps 'Coronation Street', 'Brookside', 'EastEnders', 'Emmerdale' and 'Hollyoaks', which have all tackled homosexuality.

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