UK Children’s TV Airs First Same-Sex Teenage Kiss

BBC Children’s TV is receiving praise for airing of a same-sex kiss between two teenage characters on its CBBC channel, in its drama The Next Step.

The show follows a competitive dancing troupe in the style of a mockumentary and has aired on the channel for the past seven years. 

The relationship between Cleo (Dani Verayo) and Jude (Molly Sanders) marks the first time the show has portrayed physical affection between a queer couple. 

Together they perform a dance routine to the song “Brave”, by Sahne Harte, before sharing a kiss. 

In the episode, Jude comments: “Cleo and I are opposites in a lot of ways. Which is why we balance each other.

“I soften her edges, and she’s helped me to dream bigger. Cleo means the world to me. When I dance with Cleo, I forget about everything. It’s just her. We’re dancing together and all I see is her.”

Cleo then says: “When I dance with Jude, I feel safe and free all at the same time. When we dance together, it’s like magic.”

Fans tweeted their appreciation for the moment, with many hailing it as an important moment for LGBT+ representation.

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