For the longest time, on the American soap, "Days Of Our Lives", there was a very enjoyable storyline that involved two gay characters, who fell in love, Will Horton and Sonny Kiriakis.
In fact, Will Horton and Sonny Kiriakis made television history when they decided to get married.
It was the first male-male wedding ceremony in television history.
It lasted four and a half days - in screen time.
Will Horton was played by Guy Wilson and Sonny Kiriakis was played by Freddie Smith.
Both of these actors did not seem particularly "gay", but they did play very well together on the soap.
Later, a former boyfriend of Sonny was brought into the storyline and turned Will and Sonny's relationship into a triangle - Paul Norita, a closeted baseball player.
Paul Norita was played by Christopher Sean.
Again, Christopher Sean did not seem particularly "gay", but he did give a excellent performance as a gay man.
Paul Norita was also pursued by a sexually-liberated young man who worked at the hotel where Paul Norita was staying.
This actor gave an extremely convincing performance.
When he was on-camera, the TV screen "blazed".
Was this actor "gay"? I don't know. Was he only "acting"? I don't know.
For some strange reason, when a new team of writers was brought onto the show, they decided to "kill off" the character of Will Horton.
He became a victim of the necktie killer, who was terrorizing the town of Salem.
This kind of disrespect for two legacy gay characters, who had made television history, turned me off the show.
I have not watched it again.
All of the actors who were involved in the gay storyline were certainly more than competent in rendering the complexities of a gay man's life - whether they were gay or not.
But the new writing team obviously was terrified of continuing this ground-breaking daytime gay storyline.
Shame on them!