Same sex relationships have happened over the years in Home and Away. Remember Shannon (Isla Fisher) left The Bay with her older lover Mandy, and Matilda's friend Dean finally admitted that he had a boyfriend and introduced them in The Diner. So the scriptwriters are not breaking new ground but the message boards are humming with this possibly controversial topic.
A few weeks ago we were introduced to Freya (Xavier's ex), who loved to be the centre of attention and was not known for her shyness. When she planted a kiss on Nicole Franklin's lips in front of the entire school, including Nicole's gob-smacked boyfriend Geoff, shock waves reverberated on and off screen.
Joey has been keeping her sexuality secret, especially from her older brother Brett and after being sexually attacked by lowlife Robbo, she is terrified that details of her personal life will become public. Police Officer Charlie Buckton is determined to make Robbo pay for his actions and takes Joey under her wing.
Charlie has not had an easy run with boyfriends recently, so she is very confused when she realises that Joey's friendship is developing into something more meaningful.We asked Esther Anderson a few questions about this storyline.1. Do you think the storylines on Home and Away are relevant to today's society?Esther: Absolutely and I think that is part of the aim of the show, to deal with current and relevant issues and storylines.
Mary-Anne: Just saw the episode in which Joey is revealed as gay. I really hope you continue with this storyline. I'm a social worker who deals with gay youth and this is vital in ensuring these kids have some form of positive role model. Well done.
Diane: If you intend displaying homosexual relationships on Home & Away I suggest you move it to a later time slot. It is not appropriate for the younger view and will cause confusion. As for me, I'm no longer interested in the show.
Anon: I applaud the show for including a story of same sex relationships. I have been a Home and Away fan for many years. I am extremely excited and looking forward to the relationship between Charlie and Joey. I believe there are a lot of people out there who have experienced feelings for someone of the same sex, unsure of their sexual orientation, and are gay/lesbian/bi, than people recognise. It is identified that possibly more than 10% of the population are gay (3 people in a classroom of 30). This seems to be a large amount of people, yet many are still feeling alone, and afraid of how society will perceive them if they were to be true to themselves. I hope this relationship will help audiences accept and understand that love is love, and love is genuine.
Julie: We all know the being gay or lesbian is aprt of life these days, however putting it in this time slot is disgraceful!!! My young daughters watch this show but we will be switching off. These scenes are far too explicit too be showing at such an early time slot. Why do young children have to be subjected to it?? You don't subject children to sex scenes etc, so why this? I don't want to have to start explaining this to my children...it is not natural....it is a personal choice. Some children as young as 4 or 5 watch your show and I think its disgusting. Put it on at a later timeslot say 8.30pm if you want to do these story lines.. YOUNG KIDS SHOULD NOT BE SUBJECTED TO IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Alanna: Fingers crossed that you guys get the Charlie/Joey relationship accurate and true. This storyline has the potential to send a message that being gay is nothing to ashamed of... please don't stuff this up!Jamie: I want to applaud H&A for depicting a same-sex relationship. There is nothing "controversial" about the Charlie/Joey relationship at all! C'mon, it's the 21st century...Channa: I think that this is a good idea for a storyline, why shelter people from something small as homosexuality? There are bigger things to be worried about than that. I think some people are way too sensitive. H&A has been tackling the big issues lately, rape, drugs, gangs, cancer etc so why not homosexuality? It's time the world realizes there is nothing wrong with the same sex kissing, if you can watch the opposite sex make out then there should be no problem at all with the same sex. As to the writers this is your show, don't let some narrow minded people tell you how to run your show, keep it good for the true loyal fans as myself.Sue: I have been a fan of Home & Away for years now. I am not happy with the latest storylines concerning Lesbians. Your programme is on air before the watershed for younger viewers they do not need to be subjected to this kind of viewing. If it continues I will not be able to watch it for much longer. I think it is appalling viewing. Hayley: Firstly I'd just like 2 say I've got nothing against gay people or the fact that H&A are doing a gay storyline, I just don't buy that Charlie the man eater would suddenly turn gay. I now she's had bad luck with guys but surely it doesn't work like that?Pauline: Good on YOU Home and Away! Gay is great and nothing wrong with it! I am looking forward to see it...Well done.Hayley: First off, let me just say that I was NOT expecting the Joey and Charlie relationship. The writers certainly have gone out of their way to keep us watchers on the edge of our seats. For some reason I thought that something with Joey and Aden was going to happen. Who knows, it still might! I think that would be a good storyline.. but maybe a bit too controversial. We need something to happen with Belle and Aden's relationship and I have a feeling that something big is on it's way! Anyways, I'm really looking forward to the upcoming storyline with Charlie and Joey.. it should be interesting. That's about all I have to say for now haha. Good on you guys.
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