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Strictly Come Dancing 2021: Stonewall applauds John Whaite and Johannes Radebe for same-sex visibility

John and Johannes have been hailed by Stonewall (Picture: BBC)

Stonewall has praised Strictly Come Dancing’s John Whaite and Johannes Radebe for bringing visibility to same-sex couples following Saturday night’s final.

Although Rose Ayling-Ellis and her partner Giovanni Pernice won the series, the LGBTQ+ charity noted the far-reaching effects John and Johannes will have on making history as the show’s first-ever all-male partnership.

‘We were delighted to see John and Johannes wow the nation with their fantastic performances in yesterday’s wonderfully diverse final,’ a Stonewall spokesperson told Metro.co.uk.

‘We can’t be what we can’t see and seeing two same-sex dancers delight viewers throughout this series will mean so much to LGBTQ+ people across the country.’

John and Johannes and Rose and Giovanni had matching scores during the final, with both duos receiving a perfect 40 for their favourite dances and their showdances.

While speaking at a press conference ahead of the final, Johannes and John opened up about the positive influence they’ve had on viewers.

John and Johannes made history as the first all-male partnership (Picture: BBC)

Admitting that he ‘prayed’ to be partnered with John when the Great British Bake Off star was first announced as a contestant, Johannes recalled there being an ‘awkward silence’ when he told his mum he was going to be competing in a same-sex partnership.

‘My mum’s relationship with me has improved, and that has improved because of this partnership,’ he said.

 ‘For that, I’ve won. I’ve won because my mum follows my journey with John religiously, which is something that hasn’t happened in I don’t know how long. If anything, that for me is the biggest takeaway from this partnership.’

John praised his partnership with Johannes for ‘normalising humanity’, saying that numerous people have messaged him ‘saying their kids can grow up in a world where two men or two women can dance together’, which ‘is mega’.

Rose Ayling-Ellis and Giovanni Pernice won Strictly 2021 (Picture: BBC)

‘Older members of the LGBTQ+ community have been so grateful that they’ve paved the way for this to happen,’ he said.

‘Kids can now grow without being ashamed. My friend who’s a teacher actually messaged me this morning saying that two of the kids in the playground this week were kissing, two lads, and no one batted an eyelid, it was normal.

‘It’s just normalised humanity. It’s just saying to the world how great the diverse spectrum of humanity is and that’s what it’s about for us.’

Charities have also applauded Rose for her participation in the show, branding it as a ‘massive step forward’ for disability representation.

Strictly Come Dancing is available to stream on BBC iPlayer.


Credit: Original article published here.

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