Susan Calman has strongly defended his decision as an openly gay woman to dance with a male professional dancer on strictly Come Dancing.
The Scottish comedian and writer, has faced criticism on social media to take part in the show – because he has no same-sex dancing couples.
Calman said the criticism had offended her, adding: “nobody can say that I did not resist to my community.”
It is understood, show bosses have not ruled out same-sex couples in the future.”I protested, I fought’
Calman is one of 15 celebrities to the track of dance on the BBC One contest.
The stars will find out who their professional partners are in the launch show, broadcast on Saturday night.
The 42-year-old said she was “absolutely not “disappointed”, that it should not be paired with a woman and that it was his decision to dance with a man.
She said: “I think that politically, there is nothing more powerful than having an openly gay woman on the biggest show on television, with the woman on the front row, to do what she wants to do.”Meet the stars of Strictly 2017
She added: “For the gay community to criticize me and try to make me what they want to do is, I think, as difficult as suggesting the straight community trying to.
“No one is holding me hostage in this room, making me wear a dress and dance with a man. I want to learn to dance.” The shock’
Calman has suggested that it received more flack as a gay woman is that gay men competitors had done on the dance show – including The Reverend Richard Coles, a member of the “class of 2017”.
“I have protested, I have before, I fought, I spat on, I was struck – and I want to dance,” she said.
“There will be a time for the same-sex of the dance. I think the thing that bothered me a little is that I seem to be getting it in the neck.
“Young people didn’t get it, the Judge Rinder didn’t get it, Richard Coles is not to get it. It seems to me that a woman, that it is not in the same way that I am.
“And for me to be as it is, I think, unfair. I have the impression to receive the shock of the LGBT community.”
Coles, meanwhile, said that it would be more than happy to dance with a male partner.
He said: “We had a discussion about it in fact, and I don’t know. I mean, it has no more meaning that anyone who resists the idea in principle, it is just a matter of doing it.
“I think it is a good year to do so, in fact, with the 50th anniversary of the Decriminalization of the Sexual Offences Act.” “Ignore the impact”
Calman, who presents the day quiz The Boss and the children’s program of first-Class, said that the issue had become “a big deal that it should have”.
“To put the weight of the LGBT community on me – and the evolution of platforms and the evolution of perceptions – is unfair, upsetting and ignorant of the impact I will have in the biggest show on television.
“A lot of people are very supportive of my decision, but it is to make this about my sexuality, the place of a woman who want to learn to dance.
“The idea that people are depressed by it, or upset, I think shocks me because I’ve done it… a lot of things for the community.”
Calman, who regularly appears on TELEVISION and radio shows, has also discussed the issue on social media.
She has received the support of fans with a word of the language in the plays: “You are not a human right, it should ALWAYS represent your gender/sexual orientation/short stature!”
A strictly Come Dancing spokesman said: “Strictly has chosen the traditional format of mixed couples of the same sex and at the moment we have no plans to introduce same-sex couples in the competition.”
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