EastEnders: Walford’s Low Visibility of Female LBGTQ Characters

Yet, in spite of adding more members to Albert Square’s LBGTQ community, the show has fallen short in one important area: strong storylines for their female LBGTQ characters.

T.Lanette Pollard

It has been one year since EastEnders held their first Pride Celebration in Albert Square. The show has come a long way since Syed and Christian’s romance:

  • Kathy Beale (Gillian Tayforth) opened The Prince Albert, Walford’s first LBGTQ restaurant;
  • Ben Mitchell (Max Bowden) and Halfway Highway (Tony Clay) have become the show’s second male homosexual couple. They have been featured almost daily on the show since Ben sniffed out that Halfway was “queer”;
  • Bernie Taylor (Clair Norris) came out during the Pride episode with the help and encouragement of her family and Tina Carter (Luisa Bradshaw-White);
  • Finally, Ash Panesar (Gurlaine Kaur Garcha) recently said “I love you” to Iqra Ahmed (Priya Davdra) making a commitment to their relationship.

Yet, in spite of adding more members to Albert Square’s LBGTQ community, the show has fallen short in one important area: strong storylines for their female LBGTQ characters.

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My Issue with Ben & Callum: EastEnders

Wheeeeeewwww! A lot has happened since Ben Mitchell laid his eyes on Callum Highway. It’s been messy and a little pretty. But now it’s a whole helluva lot messy! Callum needs space to experience a normal relationship.

T.Lanette

I used to like the idea of Callum Highway (Tony Clay) and Ben Mitchell (Max Bowden) becoming a couple. It was hard to root for them while watching Whitney Dean’s (Shona McGarty) dealing with a broken heart. ? However, I joined the other EastEnders fans in rooting for ‘Ballum’.

Now that I’ve watched their relationship blossom, I believe that Callum and Ben are doomed to have a toxic relationship.

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Bex’s Story: EastEnders

Watching Bex Fowler (Jasmine Armfield) last night was heartbreaking. She was walking around the square in deep emotional pain. Her mom, Sonia Fowler (Natalie Cassidy), was joyful and deep into her obsessiveness about getting Bex ready for university. There were times she tried to talk to Bex, but she would say she was fine. It’s just sad to see her suffering.

Why I Stopped Using #Ballum on Twitter (EastEnders)

Today was the day I had to do it. I decided after the past three days that I needed to stop using the Ballum hashtag in my EastEnders tweets. This has nothing to do with the Ballum fans. It has to do with me personally.

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