UK Considering Television Ban of Gay Kisses Before 9 PM, Removal from Streets of Underwear, Bra Ads


A UK proposal reportedly supported by Prime Minister David Cameron would ban kisses between gays and lesbians on television before 9 pm in order to protect children, the Daily Mail reports:

Eastenders A review launched with the backing of David Cameron is expected to recommend that sexually suggestive scenes currently allowed before the 9pm watershed – such as the famous lesbian embrace on soap opera Brookside – should not be shown until later in the evening. A ban on explicit advertisements on high street billboards is also being considered.

The inquiry is being led by Mothers’ Union chief executive Reg Bailey. It was launched last year after the Prime Minister – himself the father of young children – warned that exposing youngsters to adult themes can ‘take away their innocence’.

The commission is also looking at banning sexually suggestive advertisements like underwear and bra ads from public places.

And dancing too: "Sources also suggested that raunchy dance routines, such as those by pop stars Christina Aguilera and Rihanna on last year’s X Factor final, could also fall foul of tougher watershed rules.

Pink News reports that many in the industry are concerned:

At present, all four major soap operas; Corrie, EastEnders, Emmerdale and Hollyoaks all have gay or lesbian characters and all have gay couples. Today, Brooke Vincent who plays teenage lesbian Sophie Webster in Coronation Street took to Twitter to criticise the prime minister: “I swear David Cameron’s meant to be supporting equal rights,” she Tweeted. “I just think if same-sex kisses are what he is prioritising and concentrating on changing, our country’s in trouble.”


  1. Francis says

    What year are we in again? What type of ridiculousness is this? And same-sex kissing is too adult? It’s not innocent enough for kids? I wonder what is so “adult” about 2 people of the same-sex sharing their love with a kiss. Says a lot that of all the things to concern themselves with in a country like the US that has it’s fair share of issues, they focus on same-sex kissing. Social conservatives seem really fixated on trying to essentially stamp out homosexuality from reality. Weird individuals.

  2. Tim NC says

    This wouldn’t be an issue if parents would teach their children about same sex attraction AT THE SAME TIME and in the same level of age-appropriate detail that they teach them about opposite sex attraction. It could be as simple as saying sometimes boys like girls and sometimes boys like boys.

    If parents wouldn’t treat it differently than they treat hetero relationships, it wouldn’t be different.

  3. Lez says

    OK, fair enough – I expect that under EU laws that they would also have to ban heterosexual displays of affection including hello / goodbye kissing. What is good for the gay goose is good for the straight goose!

    Bring it on, push it through and lets all go back to the dark ages.

  4. TampaZeke says

    So it’s not just America that’s moving BOLDLY into the 20th Century…the 1950’s to be exact.

    Of course if some of the Christianist, Mormonists and Catholocists have their way we won’t stop until we reach the 12th Century and the good ole days of Inquisition!

  5. Rin says

    Well, they’re also banning underwear ads…

    I agree with the billboards banning underwear ads, but TV…? **shakes head** it is up to parents to censor what children watch. With billboards you can’t really prevent them from seeing that.

    Kids today (especially little girls) are already provided with whore clothes in elementary schools. Its like they want them sexualized before the age of 12. You have to spend a fortune at LLBean or Lands End to get clothing that is age appropriate for your seven year old.

    Why can’t they just have their childhood and play pirates, transformers, ninja turtles, and dolls?

  6. Disgusted Gay American says

    ahh but during the hours of 9am and 8pm – they’ll be PLENTY of shows dealing with Murders, and Violence…..WTF is wrong with people?

  7. Pete n SFO says

    What a riot. So, the newly married Duke & Duchess of Cambridge on that iconic balcony would have their kiss moved to the 9 o’clock hour as well???

    No, I thought not, which makes the PM’s position nothing but unadulterated homophobia.

    It really boggles the mind that a man of 42 yrs can convince himself that there’s actually something here that ‘children’ need to be protected from!

  8. brian says

    Same-sex kisses aren’t adult themes per se. If they are done in a way that is modest and non-prurient, they shouldn’t be considered anything other than harmless expressions of affection.

    Some other things are clearly sleazy but a simple same-sex kiss is not sleazy if it’s done in the way I mentioned.

  9. ratbastard says

    Marketers and artists push the envelope enough and you’ll get a backlash…..and great publicity. Calvin Klein became a world-wide household name through jeans, underwear, + scents, which he marketed using young adults, teenagers, ‘youthful’ teenagers, and children in usually ‘explicit’ or blatant poses. It worked for CK.

  10. Toto says


    Oh ok, so what does your modest judgement call for? Should kisses be open mouth or closed mouth? Last no longer than three seconds? Absolutely no trace of tongue? Should they be filmed in profile or from behind? Should actors refrain from any type of heavy breathing?

    You do know that kissing is itself an extension of relaying emotion, right? If all kisses are “modest” and to a single persons standard then there is going to be a lot bloody boring and emotionless acting going on. Add to the fact its hard enough getting straight actors to deliver a convincing same sex smooch.

  11. galore says

    Those idiotic parents with their innocence fetish.

    Once the little angles enter the age of hormone rage, they will think about penis, vagina and anus. That’s what the little angels are programmed to do due to millennia of evolution and no amount of banning sexual images will change that.

    And before that age no amount of sexual images will corrupt their precious minds because they aren’t interested in some stupid underwear ad anyways.

  12. Rowan says

    The same sex kissing is odd and shows what he thinks of gay people BUT I agree with everything else.

    I’m sorry but you should see how some of the teenagers dress here, it’s really, really sexual. I see litte girls wearing heels.

    But it’s a bigger issue then a band. You have the fashion industry. The media and celebrities who either can’t stop showing their vaginas or simulating sex acts-hello Madonna to Rhianna to Beyonce.

    Funnily enough, lady gaga doing it doesn’t seem sexual. She isn’t doing it for sex but for artistic shock.

  13. Dave says

    I would like to add something meaningful, but I’m hung up on the idea that the chief executive of the Mothers’ Union is a guy called Reg.

  14. Justin L Werner says

    Wow. Way to move to the Dark Ages, UK. But if you’re banning gay PDA before 9pm, I think you should also be banning straight PDA before 9pm. You wouldn’t want to look bigoted or anything, now would you?

  15. Anastasia Beaverhausen says

    The British have had a secret Nazi fetish since the blitz, and so it was inevitable they would someday elect their own Hitler.

  16. anon says

    Pandering to the LCD morality is nothing new in politics. Only cities have billboards commonly, so the vast majority of places in the UK will not be affected by them one way or the other. Likewise, the Internet is running 24/7 with far worse stuff, so this becomes ridiculous.

  17. Rin says

    I’m all for kissing. Don’t care who does it in public tastefully, But anyone who says tongue kissing is just affectionate and not sexual should try it on their mother or father. Don’t do it in public. Pecks,hand holds, even butt pinching…don’t care who does it–gay straight…whatever. Leave sex to the homefront.

    Honestly, I see more straight couples do this and I’m disgusted by it. I saw this dude stick his hands down the front pocket of his girlfriends pants and rummage around. Call me a Puritan but I said something.

    Television is different. You can turn the button to “off” if you don’t like something. Kiss and touch away!

  18. Tom Stoppard says

    As yet, Cameron is yet to confirm/deny these reports, and our tabloid newspapers are not known for their “fact-checking”, so I’ll hold off my judgement.

    If it proves to be true though, they’ll have one mother of a fight on their hands. It’ll be Stonewall X 100, and even I, a pacifist couch-potato will join in.

  19. says

    I really don’t know where all this is coming from. The Daily Fail article cites the Mothers’ Union report, which came out last year and is very general in covering the commercial exploitation of children – i.e. pester power. Their review is called “Bye Buy Childhood”.

    The report has a section on using sexualised imagery in selling to children, but makes no mention of same sex relationships or displays of affection. In fact, it specifically cites examples of heterosexual sexploitational marketing.

    The Mothers’ Union have put out a statement saying that the stories circulating today are nothing to do with them, and relate to a consultation on behalf of the Department of Education carried out by Reg Bailey, who happens to be the MU CEO. This review is not on behalf of the MU though.

    NOWHERE does the the MU report, or the Department of Education Bailey Review mention same sex relationships or same-sex kisses or other displays of affection. The final report isn’t even out yet. The press release out so far makes reference to ”
    “Increasingly sexualised content in music videos and pre-watershed TV with ‘too adult’ themes in some soap operas.” NOTHING TO DO WITH SAME-SEX ISSUES.

    Until the final report is out, my guess is that the findings have been given a Daily Mail twist in order to spice up a slow news day.

    Mothers’ Union Bye Buy Childhood report:

    Mothers’ Union statement condemning “lesbian kiss ban” stories:

    Department of Education Bailey Review:

  20. jamal49 says

    What? A gay kiss or underwear ads are obscene? What has brought this on in not-so-merry-old England? What’s the rationale for these decisions? Well, then. Let’s ban ALL public displays of affection. Let’s ban jean ads and T-shirt ads. Let’s ban ALL picture advertising. Let’s only allow words and nothing more. One could make the argument that all visually-oriented advertisements are decadent and a corrupting, corrosive influence. Of course, that means that future Royals will not be permitted to kiss publicly from the Palace balcony. But, hey! I can cope!

  21. Matt S says

    Yeah, I’m fine with this ban as long as they ban opposite-sex displays of affection also. Otherwise, they’re just being bigots. A same-sex kiss is not more adult than an opposite sex kiss. A kiss is still a kiss.

  22. Ian M. Walker says

    Thank you, Graham. You beat me to it. People tend to jump all over these stories without looking at (or even for) the source. The Daily Mail and the Sun are NOT and never will be credible sources of news, especially to do with gay folk.


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