The GBBO Winner Who Just Made LGBTQ TV History

In late 2021, John Whaite starred in the BBC’s “Strictly Come Dancing” to show off his remarkable dancing skills (per Out). He appeared on the show alongside Johannes Radebe, making the team the first same-sex male couple to grace the stage. The show posted a video on Twitter showing Whaite’s reaction when Radebe popped out of an edible sprinkle cake, confirming the two would be partners for the competition. “Little kids watching the show, having same-sex role models will give them some hope for the future and it won’t make them grow up with the same shame that I grew up with,” Whaite said, per Independent.

Now, a year later, the tradition will continue. According to the Huffington Post, dancer Richie Anderson will be performing alongside someone of the same sex, and Whaite is thrilled with the decision. On his Instagram Story, he wrote, “I’m so glad ‘Strictly’ is doing a man-man pairing again this year and I hope it does every year from now on. It has to. Because queer inclusion is not a tick box exercise for a series, it is a fundamental shift in the narrative of life.” The official start date for the season is unknown at this time, but it’s clear that Whaite’s appearance on the show has had a big impact.

Karl M. Bailey