Stonewall, the most prestigious gay bar in the world, is being applauded for its decision to hire two transgender bartenders. The full-time employees are John and Johannes who say that they hope their presence will help other trans people feel more comfortable working in a public space.
The “strictly come dancing” is a British television series, which airs on BBC One in the United Kingdom. The show and its celebrity cast have been praised for their diversity and inclusion.
Stonewall has praised John and Johannes. (Photo credit:)
Following Saturday night’s final, Stonewall hailed Strictly Come Dancing’s John Whaite and Johannes Radebe for providing prominence to same-sex couples.
Despite the fact that Rose Ayling-Ellis and her partner Giovanni Pernice won the series, the LGBTQ+ organization recognized the impact John and Johannes would have as the show’s first-ever all-male partnership.
A Stonewall spokeswoman told Metro.co.uk, “We were pleased to witness John and Johannes amaze the country with their outstanding performances in yesterday’s wonderfully diverse final.”
‘We can’t be what we can’t see, and witnessing two same-sex dancers please viewers throughout this series will mean a lot to LGBTQ+ individuals all throughout the nation,’ said the director.
During the final, both John and Johannes and Rose and Giovanni earned identical scores, getting a perfect 40 for their favorite dances and showdances.
Johannes and John spoke about the great impact they’ve had on viewers during a news conference before of the final.
As the first all-male collaboration, John and Johannes created history (Picture: PA)
When Johannes informed his mother that he was going to be competing in a same-sex relationship, he said that he ‘prayed’ to be coupled with John when the Great British Bake Off star was originally named as a contender.
‘My mother’s connection with me has improved as a result of our alliance,’ he said.
‘I’ve won for it.’ I won because my mother has been following my journey with John faithfully, which hasn’t occurred in a long time. That, if anything, is the most important lesson from this collaboration for me.’
John complimented his collaboration with Johannes for ‘normalizing humanity,’ stating that many people have messaged him saying that their children would be able to grow up in a society where two males or two women may dance together, which he described as’mega.’
Strictly 2021 was won by Rose Ayling-Ellis and Giovanni Pernice (Picture: PA)
‘Older members of the LGBTQ+ community have been very appreciative for paving the way for this,’ he added.
‘Kids may now develop without feeling embarrassed. My teacher buddy texted me this morning to report that two of the kids on the playground were kissing this week, two guys, and no one seemed to mind since it was typical.
Strictly Come Dancing (Strictly)
‘It’s simply normalized humanity,’ says the author. It’s simply a way of showing the world how different mankind is, and that’s what it’s all about for us.’
Rose’s involvement in the performance has been hailed by charities as a “huge step forward” for disability representation.
On iPlayer, you can watch Strictly Come Dancing.
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