Coronation Street has welcomed a number of LGBTQ+ characters onto the cobbles in recent years and has been at the forefront of some important storylines.
From relationships to homophobic attacks to adoption storylines, the ITV soap has dealt with most subjects surrounding LGBTQ+ culture.
However, the Street has never had a dedicated venue for its characters to make use of and to educate the residents.
With Eastenders announcing it is to open a gay bar on Albert Square called the Prince Albert, can Coronation Street keep up?
I’m a little bit annoyed we haven’t got a gay bar
Eastenders will become the first British soap to have a dedicated gay venue and attention has now shifted to whether Coronation Street will join them.
Express.co.uk spoke exclusively to Daniel Brocklebank, who plays Billy, at the British Soap Awards 2019 about the prospect and he teased it may be coming.
About upcoming LGBTQ+ storylines, he revealed: “Obviously there is the Billy and Paul stuff for me. I’m a little bit annoyed we haven’t got a gay bar in Corrie, but maybe Billy could open his own bar?
“Maybe the bistro! Listen I’m all for pushing the LGBTQ+ stuff out there, so maybe, maybe! Maybe Billy could start his own!”
With Robert Preston (played by Tristan Gemmill) set to depart the Street, there could be an opportunity for Billy to take over the bistro and use it as a new centre for the area’s gay characters.
He is known for putting a lot back into the community and has run many successful projects in the past to help people struggling in the community.