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Pride Month Celebrating LGBTQ+ Soap Supercouples: Nuke, Kish, Otalia & WilSon … Which Stands the Test of Time?

June is Pride Month, the time when across the U.S and the world there are celebrations and commemorations to recognize all who identify as LGBTQ and their allies.

Daytime soap operas have had a rocky road when it comes to the representation of same-sex couples.  The soaps have been at one time leaders in portraying key social issues of our time, as well as treading lightly on other subjects, as to its concerns to ‘turn-off’ its core audiences.

When you look back at the groundbreaking first same-sex weddings, and the first gay kiss, the soaps have come far in some ways in their representations of gay characters, but there is always work to be done to serve and to shed light on the under-represented.

As we reflect back to the then and the now, which LGBTQ soap supercouple remains your favorite and had made a lasting impact? Let’s take a look at four duos who captivated many viewers.

Nuke  – Luke Snyder and Noah Mayer – As the World Turns

Van Hansis (Luke) and Jake Silbermann (Noah) were a key part of the evolution of, and representation of LGBTQ character on the soaps.  ‘Nuke’, as they were known as, became the first gay male soap couple to share an on-screen kiss back in 2007.  ATWT also became known as the first soap to depict a fully realized romantic male couple as an integral part of the show.  There was plenty of backlash along the way for the long-awaited kiss to happen, but when it did, the show moved forward to tell their love story.

Otalia – Olivia Spencer and Natalia Rivera Aitoro – Guiding Light

When Crystal Chappell (Olivia) and Jessica Leccia (Natalia) began to play the love story of Otalia, they had to show their affection by a kiss on the head, or holding hands.  It took quite some time for GL to move forward to have two women, two moms, no less, share a lip lock. The complicated love story featured Natalia being conflicted to face her true romantic feelings for Olivia, because of her value system and religions upbringing, and that made this all the more riveting and frustrating at the same time.  In the end, the rabid fan base for this duo was so great that Chappell wound up creating her own series, Venice, to honor and serve them, remaining one of the LGBTQ communities greatest allies.

Kish – Kyle Lewis and Oliver Fish – One Life to Live

In 2009, One Life to Live’s Kyle Lewis (Brett Claywell) was an out lab tech in Llanview, who back in college had a relationship with Officer Oliver Fish (Scott Evans).  It imploded when Oliver denied he was gay.  For years, Oliver remained in the closet, before finally coming out to himself and Kyle.

Kish had been a big success with the media and One Life’s gay audience. LGBTQ-advocacy groups honored the couple and the story.  However, Kish was cut short when the network felt that the data showed that the storyline was not resonating with the show’s core audience.

WilSon – Will Horton and Sonny Kiriakis – Days of our Lives

Days of our Lives delivered daytime’s first-ever gay male wedding in 2014, between Will (then played by Guy Wilson) and Sonny (then played by Freddie Smith).

In an interview with EW, Days of our Lives executive producer, Ken Corday shared on the union, “Will and Sonny have been together for a while and it was the natural progression of their love story. We didn’t feel like there was anything we could or couldn’t do, we treated them like any other couple on the canvas and continued to grow their romance as such.”

In addition, the coming out story of Will Horton was critically praised and noteworthy for the performances of Chandler Massey, who won three Daytime Emmys for his work in the Outstanding Younger Actor category 2012, 2013 and 2014.  Freddie Smith also won in the same category in 2015.  Will has been played over the years by Chandler Massey and Guy Wilson, while Sonny has been portrayed by Freddie Smith and Zach Tinker.

There have been several other key LGBTQ couples throughout the course of daytime history including All My Children’s Bianca (Eden Riegel) and Reese (Tamara Braun). These two characters were involved in the first same-sex lesbian wedding on daytime. Problem was … Reese kissed Zach (Thorsten Kaye) before the wedding, making this infuriating for viewers at home.

Other notable LGBTQ couples through the years have included: Bianca and Maggie on All My Children, Mariah and Tessa of The Young and the Restless played bv Camryn Grimes and Cait Fairbanks, Maya and Rick on The Bold and the Beautiful, Lucas and Brad on General Hospital and others.

Which couple do you think has had the most lasting impact on the history of LGBTQ representation on daytime soap operas? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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Nuke will always be my favorite with the gays that USED TO BE on GH (Bring’ em back!) a close second. Luke and Noah’s slow build up was breath-taking and so exciting for me as an out and proud gay man.

Rodd, you hit on the reason Nuke was so great.. the build-up. We felt the awkward uncertainty they both felt. Remember that first impulse-kiss when Luke was tying Noah’s bow tie? I was concerned my TV would melt down!

KiSH !!! 100% Now you have made me miss OLTL all over again. And why hasn’t Scott Evans ever turned up on GH ? Would love to see Officer Fish join Port Charles PC.

Agreed!
I would say the beginning of the Wilson story but then it dragged on and the actors kinda ‘ phoned ‘ it in. The new Sonny though played by Zach Tinker brought life back to them.
But back to Kish I never watched OLTL however I started catching snippets of the Ron Carlivati years which I wanted to catch because I’m a big fan ( mostly) of him on Days and that’s when I caught Kish! The actors are adorable and really well it. This article reminds me to go back after I took a break from watching their storyline on you tube collected!

Definitely Kish. Through many twists and turns, they were finally able to declare their love for each other and making plans to raise their beautiful baby daughter. I loved the two of them together and was so happy when they gained custody of Sierra Rose.

Not a day goes past that I don’t miss our beloved One Life to Live!!!!!!!!

100%
You could really feel the agony of Scott Evans trying to fight his true feelings while Brett Claywell was on the other side so adorable trying to convince him love can conquer. Their portrayals really resonated with me during that time in my life! Too bad they were cut short but atleast they ended on a high

what a wonderful article Michael.

Some good ones over the years. I’m partial to Nuke myself. ATWT was the first show to really feature a gay couple front and center with Luke and Noah. Days told a wonderful story with Will and Sonny, as well.

Unlike GH, who for whatever reasons and I have my suspicions, has always paid lip service to gay characters, leaving them rotting in the background, never giving them a front burner love story. They had plenty of opportunity with Lucas after his well written coming out story, you had Brad, Felix, they briefly touched on it with Kristina, even now with a trans character like Terry. Where is the story?

God forbid, we wouldn’t want the same stuck in the 1950s homophobes that wish Leave It To Beaver were still on, and boycott Bud Light, Disney, Target etc for daring to be inclusive to all of their customers to boycott GH!

I take exception to use of the term “super couple” as none of these rose to the level of Luke & Laura, Bo & Hope or Greg & Jenny. These were, however, very good pairings.

Kish got a bum deal from ABC. Frank and Ron were doing everything to keep OLTL afloat and couldn’t push back so they sent Kish to live offscreen. Instead, Ron gave us Dorian’s fake lesbian story as part of her mayoral campaign.

Why GH didn’t make Lucas a more prominent character bothers many of us to this day. If Carnes wasn’t working, recast and tell a proper story. Lucas disappeared once the Wiley truth was discovered and we really didn’t get to see Lucas recover from a painful loss.

With Britt gone, Brad needs more connections on the canvas. If not Zeke, then someone should rock his world. And Terry’s glaring absence from Epiphany’s memorial, the Nurses Ball and Willow’s treatment doesn’t bode well for the future of the character. Show some Pride, Frank.

Would you ever really expect mainstream media to call a couple from LBTGQ community a “super couple”? God forbid! And yet, to so many, these couple were, indeed, of that status. Pioneering, touching lives and lifting the community up in ways we had never been lifted before.

I agree with you about the sad lack of story GH devotes to characters like Terry, Lucas, Brad, Kristina and Felix. I can’t help but wonder if any of them will be trotted out for show since it’s Pride month? The same thing happens when it’s time for the Nurses’ Ball.

They DID recast Lucas for about two weeks and then that guy disappeared, too.

At some point, they’ll have to address Bobbie’s passing and woe be to Frank and the writers if they don’t have Lucas around, at least for that story.

And Terry has a new love interest. They were so cute together. I’d love to see more of them and how she’s dealing with the hospital now that Britt’s gone.

There are just too many possibilities for the above mentioned characters, so get with it, writers, and give us what we want….Well, one can dream.

If they are going to reintroduce Lucas as a prominent part of the canvas, then we deserve a new full-time telecast. Otherwise, for Bobbie’s passing, hopefully Frank can lure Ryan Carnes back or get Ben Hogestyn to return to acting so they can use some flashback scenes. It shouldn’t all be about Carly (like every day that ends in Y).

What is Ryan Carnes doing these days? He was by far the best Lucas, imo. Would love to see him return. Seems like he’s still acting based on his Wikipedia. You would think they have to have a Lucas representation for Bobbie’s funeral.

OG Steve, I chuckled at your line about Carly and every day that ends in Y. Man, is that so true. I like Laura Wright, but I’m starting to get really sick of Carly. The way they write the character is nauseating at times. Like the logic that Carly and Drew are literally guilty of insider trading, but somehow Nina is the villain for turning them in. Don’t even get me started, lol.

Cameron Mathison would’ve been perfect as Steven Webber instead of bftd Drew 2. Then his relationship w Carly would’ve made more sense bc of their history and wouldn’t feel forced like it does. But these writers aren’t familiar with past characters they didn’t make up themselves.

And ironically the only times I’ve liked Carly since LW has played her were in scenes where TPTB remembered she’s a Spencer. Those w Bobbie, Lucas, Luke, Laura, Lucky, Lulu, Valerie. The Spencer family grounded & humanized her and brought out her few redeeming qualities. Oh I already miss Jackie Z & Bobbie so much! Won’t be the GH i loved without her!

I LOVED Ryan Carnes as Lucas and Bobbie was my heart! I miss her terribly! GH never let’s endge couples end up together & be happy or reward fans who followed them for decades. I so wish they reunited Bobbie & Tony and Rick & Lesley instead of killing off Rick & Tony. And kept Alan on until the actor wanted to retire. They killed off Emily also, screwing over Nik & Emily fans, refused to bring back Lucky to repair Lucky & Liz or Laura for the longest time to reunite her w Luke. Also loved Ned & Alexis, wish the mob hadn’t ruined her and that Ned married her instead of annoying Olivia. Mac & Felicia were the shows only endgame couple that got lasting happiness.

Wish I could add Justus & Lainey, Tom & Simone, Taggert & Keesha, Shaun & Jordan, Maya & Tommy and Valerie & a Ward bf to that list but the show spent over a decade not writing for black characters.

On DAYS, endgame couples actually end up together esp as they age & move into supporting roles: Mickey & Maggie, Doug & Julie, John & Marlena, Bo & Hope, Tony & Anna, Abe & Lexie, Patch & Kayla, Shane & Kim, Jack & Jennifer, Will & Sony, Lani & Eli, Chad & Abby, Sami & Lucas, Austin & Carrie, Victor & Kate, Shawn & Belle… they were all allowed to be together & happy at least for a time. Wish Bill & Laura had reunited and stuck around.

Not so on GH where the core families were destroyed and patriarchs killed off upon aging out of viability as characters. And now TPTB cares way more about adding new characters ad nauseum while it’s core families of decades are nearly gone. So disheartening.

Anyway I LOVED RCs Lucas. Just have never like Brad. Hes sleezy and Lucas always deserved better n hotter. He was so hot & charming! He should’ve been a male lead along w Dillon, Michael, Tommy, TJ, Nikolas, Lucky & maybe a recast Brad. I always thought a sexually fluid Dillon falling for his best friend Lucas would’ve been a great love story. Another Spencer Quartermaine pairing. Or maybe paired w Steven Webber, Griffin or Nathan who was revealed to be Stefan Cassadines son.

Luke and Noah will be forever my favorite gay couple. It’s a shame what they did to this couple. They deserved better and so their fans, but it’s amazing how year after year they are remembered for their legacy.

Sonny & Will on Days were amazing

Nuke and WilSon (WilSon with Chandler Massey) were the best. Nuke was the only reason to watch As The World Turns.

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Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos Give Their ‘Talk Show Host’ Daytime Emmy Acceptance Speeches on ‘Live’

During last Friday’s 51st annual Daytime Emmy Awards, All My Children alums, Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos, were named as the Outstanding Daytime Series Talk Show hosts for Live with Kelly and Mark.

Those who watched the Emmy broadcast on CBS or streaming on Paramount+ knew that the couple was a no-show when their names were called. On Monday’s episode of ‘Live’, Kelly and Mark addressed their absence and each delivered acceptance speeches.

Consuelos also pointed out that this is his wife’s sixth Daytime Emmy talk show host victory, making her just one shy of tying Oprah Winfrey in the category who has 7.  Throughout her Emmy wins, Ripa has shared the honor with her different co-hosts, but this makes the first Emmy win for Consuelos as co-host.

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Kelly and Mark revealed on Emmy night they were actually in London visiting their daughter, Lola and had made the travel plans long ago before this year’s Emmys came around.

When it was time for her to make her speech to the audience and the cameras at home, Kelly shared: “I just want to say, first and foremost, thank you, Mark, for being an incredible, incredible partner. You make it look easy and it is not easy and the ease at which you do this job inspires me and all of us every single day. ” Ripa also went on to thank the producers, EP Michael Gelman, everyone at the show behind the scenes, and the loyal audience at home for watching every single day.

Mark expressed: I would have said, my dad always told me to marry somebody who’s better than you and try to work with people who are way better than you as well. So, I’ve done both those things. So ,thank you. Thank you for holding me up. I appreciate it.”

Watch Kelly and Mark celebrate their Daytime Emmy victory on ‘Live’ below.

Now let us know, happy that Kelly and Mark took home the gold, for their first Emmy season together as co-hosts? Comment below.

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Chrishell Stause, Sam Asghari and Gabby Windey Among Reality Star Cast for ‘Traitors’ Season 3

The upcoming third season cast of Peacock’s Traitors, hosted by Alan Cummings, has been revealed and it includes a plethora of reality stars, including former All My Children, Days of our Lives, and The Young and the Restless star, Chrishell Stause.

Most recently, Stause has been a mainstay of the hit reality-real estate series, Selling Sunset. In addition, Chrishell is also heading down under come July to tape a guest star run on long-running soap Neighbours.

The synopsis for Traitors reads: Alan Cummings “plays host to 21 larger-than-life personalities who come together to compete in a series of missions with the objective of earning a cash prize of up to $250,000. The catch? Hidden amongst the Faithful contestants are the Traitors, whose goal is to eliminate the Faithful and claim the prize for themselves. Under the cover of darkness, the Traitors ‘murder’ contestants one by one, but if the Faithful can banish all the Traitors before the end of the game, they’ll split the incredible prize.”

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The new season will be set in a remote castle in the Scottish Highlands. The cast includes: Britney Spears’ ex-husband Sam Asghari (who also appeared in The Bay), Vanderpump Rules star Tom Sandoval, Bob the Drag Queen from RuPaul’s Drag Race; Dorinda Medley, Robyn Dixon, Dolores Catania and Chanel Ayan from the “Real Housewives” franchise, Ciara Miller from Summer House; Zac Efron’s brother Dylan; former ‘Bachelorette’ Gabby Windey, as well as Wells Adams from “Bachelor Nation.” In addition look for Britney Haynes and Danielle Reyes from Big Brother; plus Survivor stars: Carolyn Wiger, Jeremy Collins, Rob Mariano and Tony Vlachos.

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Traitors is produced by Studio Lambert with Stephen Lambert, Mike Cotton, Sam Rees-Jones, Rosie Franks, Jack Burgess and Tim Harcourt serving as executive producers. No word yet on the release date for season 3.

Check out the cast reveal for season 3 below. Then let us know what you think about the names in the show and if you will be checking out Chrishell and company when it finally streams on Peacock via the comment section.

 

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Chrishell Stause to Guest Star on Amazon Freevee’s ‘Neighbours’ in New Soap Role

Look. who’s returning to the soaps but this time down under? Chrishell Stause, who before the reality-series Selling Sunset found notoriety on daytime dramas, is set to play a new guest role on the iconic Australian soap, Neighbours.

Stause will play a new character, Yasmine Shields, who is said to be,”a glamorous and successful businesswoman in pursuit of an exciting new opportunity.” Chrishell will make her way to Australia and start filming in July.

Neighbours releases new episodes Monday-Thursday, at 7 a.m. BST, on Amazon Freevee in the UK and the U.S.  Stause is joining the show at the right time as it just received its first Daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Drama Series at the upcoming 51st annual Daytime Emmy Awards.

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In a statement, the former All My Children, Days of our Lives and The Young and the Restless star, expressed, “I am honored and excited to join such a beloved and iconic show.  Coming from the world of soaps in the U.S., it’s back to my first love in the entertainment industry. They pitched me an idea for a character, and I was immediately excited to figure out a way to make it happen. Ramsay Street here I come!”

Neighbours Executive Producer Jason Herbison said on the casting news, “We are thrilled to welcome Chrishell to the cast of Neighbours. We created a character especially for her and we can’t wait for her to bring the storyline alive. Expect intrigue and surprises – and many implications for the residents of Ramsay Street.”

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As fans know, Stause married her partner, Australian musician G Flip back in 2022, so now she has additional roots on the continent.

Previously on the soaps, Chrishell played the role of Amanda Dillon on All My Children (2005-2011), Bethany Bryant on The Young and Restless (2016) and Jordan Ridgeway on Days of our Lives (2013-2015; and make returns in: 2019, 2020, 2021, 2023).

Since leaving the American daytime soaps, Chrishell has received an MTV TV & Movie Award ‘Best Reality Star’ and a People’s Choice nomination for ‘Favorite Reality Star’ for her appearance in Selling Sunset. In 2023 she was recognized by Variety as one of the ‘40 Most Powerful Women in Reality TV’ and by Us Weekly as one of the ‘Top 10 Reality Stars of the Year.’

In February 2022, she released her debut memoir, Under Construction: Because Living My Best Life Took a Little Work. Chrishell is committed to philanthropic endeavors and is a vocal advocate for LGBTQIA+ rights.

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The continuation of the long-running series, Neighbours, is about the lives, loves, and challenges of the residents on Ramsay Street in Erinsborough, Australia, a fictional suburb of Melbourne—picked up two years after the finale in 2022, which was watched by millions of adoring fans.

As well as on Amazon Freevee in the U.S and UK as mentioned above, Neighbours streams on Prime Video in Canada, Ireland, South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand. Australia’s Network 10 will retain first-run rights in Australia for the new chapter of the series. Previous seasons of Neighbours, as well as over 100 iconic episodes, are currently available to stream on Amazon Freevee.

So, what do you think about Chrishell Stause returning to the soaps with a role on Neighbours? Comment below.

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