Melbourne (ANI): After 25 years, Australian TV show 'Neighbours'
will get its first gay male character. Ramsay St newcomer James
Mason, 20, will reveal he is gay in an upcoming episode. Neighbours
executive producer Susan Bower said the coming-out storyline was a
direct result of requests from young viewers in Neighbours' online
Bower said though lesbian romances had featured on Home and Away
and Neighbours, love scenes between men are still fairly taboo on
Australian dramas. She said the show copped flak for its teen
pregnancy and surrogacy storylines, so teen homosexuality was sure
to come under fire, too.
"I do believe homophobia is still alive and well, and I have no
doubt that we will get complaints about it," the Herald Sun quoted
Bower as saying. "Neighbours is an icon, like Vegemite. People get
very possessive about it," Bower added.