BBC weatherman Owain Wyn Evans is positive role model

Evans, who grew up in a working-class family in Ammanford, became the presenter of S4C’s Welsh language children’s news programme Ffeil at just 18. 

His screen test was nervy, but “they must have seen something because I had no experience”, he said.

Since 2012, he has presented the weather for the BBC across the UK, bringing his flamboyant personality and social media innovation to forecasting.

Soaps are powerful in changing people's perceptions say Corrie's Daniel Brocklebank

Coronation Street's Daniel Brocklebank (Credit: Richard Kendal)

But, argued the actors, writers and producers on the panel at an RTS event in mid-July – “LGBTQ in soap: job done?” ­– the fight against prejudice is not yet won.

“Soaps are incredibly powerful in terms of being able to get a message out and in changing people’s perceptions,” said Daniel Brocklebank, who plays gay vicar Billy Mayhew in Coronation Street.

BBC announces major new series of LGBTQ programming, Gay Britannia

Gay Britannia will feature bold stories that celebrate the LGBTQ community and highlight what it means to be gay in Britain today, whilst challenging existing preconceptions and prejudices.

The season of programming will mark 50 years since The Sexual Offences Act 1967, which partially decriminalised homosexual acts that took place in private between two men over the age of 21.