One of the BBC’s most popular TV shows and now a champion of gender equality – Strictly Come Dancing has made the decision to allow same-sex dancers to couple up.
The dance competition – which, this year, has been on the air for some 16 years – has long championed diversity.
Despite inclusive beginnings, throughout the years, television producers have invited a diverse selection contestants of different races, social classes, physical abilities, sexual orientations and ages to take part in the show.
The most consistent plea by fans, however, is to introduce same-sex couples to the dancer line-up.
Last year, same-sex professional dancers performed together during one of the show’s opening dances. Although, the pairing of celebrity contestants with same-sex professional partners had not yet happened.
Judge Craig Revel-Horwood, former contestant Dr Ranj Singh and dancer Anton Du Beke have all spoken out about this issue before.
Now, the BBC has said that it is open to changing this in next year’s series.
In a statement to The Metro, a spokesperson for the network said: “Strictly Come Dancing is an inclusive show and we are proud to have featured same-sex dancing amongst the professional dancers in group numbers in previous series.
“We are completely open to the prospect of including same-sex pairings between our celebrities and professional dancers in the future, should the opportunity arise.”
Positive news for dancers of the future.
The launch episode for series 17 airs on Saturday 7 September.
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