In the United States, advocacy group GLAAD said sexual diversity on U. television was at an all time high in 2016, with nearly 5 percent of all characters identifying as LGBT.
The group added that some TV characters and storylines still portrayed the LGBT community in a negative or stereotypical way, but noted that television was far ahead of movies in terms of representation.
An unscreened pilot episode was for made Channel 4 in 2009, but it was ITV who picked it up for a series.
The show is produced by Thames (formerly Talkback Thames).
Dating shows have become our common guilty pleasure, although we may not want to admit it.
For over a decade now, we've replaced rom-coms with rom-competitions.
LONDON, July 6 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A popular dating show on British television will for the first time include lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) contestants, more than 30 years after it was first broadcast.
The "Blind Date" episode, to air on Saturday to coincide with London's gay pride march, will feature a woman deciding between three potential female dates who are hidden from view.
Classic TV dating show Blind Date returns to UK television tomorrow evening, its first full series since 2003.
Formerly presented by Cilla Black, the show ran for 18 seasons on Saturday nights on ITV from 1985 to 2003.
The objective of the show is for a single man to obtain a date with one of thirty single women.