South African soap shows lesbian kiss for the first time
One of South Africa’s longest-running soaps has featured its first ever lesbian kiss.
7de Laan, which has screened more than 4,000 episodes since it debuted in 2000, showed Amanda – who is currently imprisoned – kiss Jasmine after opening up about losing her newborn baby.
The programme made headlines last year when viewers saw a gay kiss for the first time, before breaking another barrier by introducing transgender character Genevieve du Pre.
In its latest step towards equality, 7de Laan – which is broadcast mainly in Afrikaans, with English subtitles – showed Jasmine visiting Amanda in prison.
Amanda told her that her baby had died, but that she had named the child Jasmine – after “the most beautiful woman and name under the sun.”
The women then embrace and kiss, leading into the end credits.
When the next episode aired a day later, they were still kissing.
They only break off when a guard makes a noise, at which point Amanda tells her: “We’d better not take any chances.”
The pair then argues about Justin, Amanda’s past fiancé, and discuss what happened after she woke up from her coma.
Homosexuality and same-sex marriage are legal in South Africa, but many in the country still face discrimination.
In response to the kiss, Western Cape pastor Oscar Bougardt – who has already been found guilty once of using anti-LGBT+ hate speech, wrote on Facebook: “This is how sick the SABC and the producers have become.
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