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ADDED ON: 01/05/2020

Same-sex ‘Dancing on Ice’ couple sparks hopes of greater LGBT+ representation

01/02/2020 | Reuters

Two men taking to the ice might seem uncontroversial, but as a same-sex couple competing together this week on British reality TV show “Dancing On Ice”, singer Ian Watkins and professional skater Matt Evers are set to make television history. The show, which begins on January 5, will mark the first time a same-sex couple has competed together on a dance-themed reality TV show in Britain, sparking hopes from campaigners of more in the year to come. “It’s long overdue but very welcome, proving that same-sex couples are increasingly in the mainstream and accepted,” veteran LGBT+ rights campaigner Peter Tatchell told the Thomson Reuters Foundation on Thursday. “For young people, particularly those coming to terms with an LGBT+ identity, having same-sex couples on primetime television is a very positive, supportive affirmation of who they are.”

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