EastEnders to open a gay bar in Albert Square as edgy new boss Kate Oates tries to diversify the soap

THREE decades ago, ­EastEnders was the first UK soap to show two men ­kissing – and now it will be the first one to regularly feature a gay bar.

This year will herald a new opening in Albert Square in a move towards diversity, thanks to the BBC1 soap’s edgy new boss Kate Oates who joined after revamping ITV’s Coronation Street.

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The venue will be welcomed by characters such as Tina Carter, played by Luisa Bradshaw-White[/caption]

The gay-friendly venue will be welcomed by characters such as Tina Carter, played by Luisa Bradshaw-White, and will be presented as a hip alternative to typical boozer the Queen Vic.

Discussing her plans to update the soap, Kate said: “I’m really interested in bringing some more LGBTQ characters in.

“We’re looking at opening a gay bar on the Square which will be a super-cool precinct where gay and straight characters can all just hang out.

“It should be something really exciting, really fun, really visual and feel really true to multi-cultural London.”

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The new addition to Albert Square is part of boss Kate Oates’ plans to diversify the soap[/caption]

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A TV source said: “The gay bar will be a great new filming venue for the show and provide dozens of interesting plot lines.

“Producers plan to use it as a new space and backdrop to film scenes and base drama.

Kate is keen that the bar won’t just be for gay and bisexual characters, but for everyone.

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The venue will serve as a hip alternative to The Queen Vic[/caption]

It will offer a different feel to the traditional pub vibe of the Queen Vic.

“It’s an important move for the show to authentically reflect modern London life.”

No doubt the new bar will be serving London Pride, and 2019 will see a Walford Pride march.

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