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Rev Richard Coles: I’ve had a discussion about dancing with a man on Strictly

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Your Saturday night is about to get a little bit more fabulous as BBC One’s Strictly Come Dancing returns. But does the show represent the LGBT+ community fairly and accurately?

Speaking to Gay Times at the press launch of the 2017 series, the openly gay reverend confirmed that he had indeed entered into a discussion around dancing with a same-sex partner.

“I’m very happy to volunteer to dance with Aljaž (Professional dancer) – any where, any place, any time,” Rev Richard jokes before confirming a same-sex partnership has been on the cards. “We’ve had a discussion about it, actually.”

Adding that LGBT+ representation should be seen on the show this year to tie in with the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality back in July.

“It’s in absolutely no sense that anybody resists the idea in principle, it’s just a question of doing it,” he tells us.

“I think this year would be a good year to do it with the 50th anniversary of the sexual offences decriminalisation act – so we will keep having that conversation.

“I think now might be the time for that conversation to go up a notch, actually. We will see.”

Now the vicar of St Mary the Virgin in Finedon, Northamptonshire, he is known to many for being in The Communards with Jimmy Sommerville.

Related: Craig Revel Horwood remembers the late Sir Bruce Forsyth: “Nobody can replace him.”

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But until the BBC decide to open the dancefloor up to everybody, Rev Richard has his own unique way of ensuring we all get the chance to be represented on the show…

“I might just throw myself at Aljaž until security pull me off of him. He’s been warned,” Richard giggles, linking back to the Strictly professional dancer once again.

This will be the first time Strictly Come Dancing has been broadcast since the death of former host Sir Bruce Forsyth.

Speaking to Gay Times, Craig said: “He’s just one of those complete legends and that legacy will live on forever. People will look back and continue to remember him for many, many years to-come.”

This year’s Strictly celebrities include Mollie King, Alexandra Burke and Aston Merrygold, Brian Conley, Ruth Langsford, Jonnie Peacock and more.

Strictly Come Dancing begins tonight on BBC One at 7pm.

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