'Days Of Our Lives' Gay Kiss: Will And Neil's Steamy Smooch Makes Daytime Soap History
Daytime soap opera "Days of our Lives" made TV history yesterday by airing the show's first same-sex kiss.
Thursday's episode featured Will (played by Chandler Massey) snogging a handsome stranger named Neil (Jesse Kristofferson) outside at a party, Entertainment Weekly is noting. And fortunately for us, the much-hyped moment is actually more of a steamy make-out session than just a smooch!
“After living with self-loathing and disgust over not being able to accept himself, compounded by everything else that is going on in Will’s life, he’s tightly wound,” Massey told Soap Opera Digest, according to Radar Online. "Will allows himself to do something he wouldn’t normally do in a sober situation.”
Fun gay-relevant fact: Jesse Kristofferson's famous father, Kris, co-starred with Barbra Streisand in 1976's "A Star is Born."
Check out the hot action in the clip above (kiss takes place at about 10:27)
Check out some of our favorite same-sex kisses from Hollywood and around the world below:
U.S Navy Petty Officers Share Same-Sex Kiss
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Spanish Gay Couple Upstages Al-Jazeera Reporter
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Kurt & Blaine's 'Glee' Kiss
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Prop 8 Ruled Unconstitutional
Breana Hansen (L) and Monica Chacon kiss as they celebrate outside of San Francisco City Hall on Feb. 7, 2012 in San Francisco after a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the voter-approved Proposition 8 measure violates the civil rights of gay men and lesbians.
Tim Tebow & Demaryius Thomas
Although the Denver Broncos quarterback filmed a Superbowl commercial in 2010 for the anti-gay, anti-abortion organization Focus On The Family (FOTF), he seems to have no problem sharing a male-on-male lip-lock in front of thousands (millions?) of onlookers when he kissed teammate Demaryius Thomas.
Gay 'Wedding' In China
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'As The World Turns' Makes History
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Euro Pride In Poland
Participants kiss as they march during the 2010 Euro Pride gay parade in Warsaw, Poland.
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A gay couple kisses as Pope Benedict XVI (R) waves to faithful from his popemobile on his way to Cibeles square in Madrid, on Aug. 18, 2011, before a welcoming ceremony.
Adam Lambert's Controversial Kiss
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A gay couple kiss during a kiss-in flashmob to denounce the violence against members of the homosexual community in Brussels last year.
First Gay Kiss On Primetime Television
In 2000, "Dawson's Creek" featured a groundbreaking gay kiss on primetime when characters Jack and Ethan locked lips.
Gay Protest In Greece
A gay couple kisses on Feb. 14, 2011 during a protest against the Greek state's refusal to recognise same-sex marriages on Athens' Ermou St, the capital's main shopping thoroughfare.
'Brokeback Mountain' Reunion Kiss
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Roseanne's Lesbian Kiss
In 1994 "Roseanne" aired a lesbian kiss between the title character and Sharon, played by Mariel Hemingway. The episode was almost pulled by ABC who was worried about reactions to the kiss, but ultimately it was aired and seen by 30 million people.
Gay Couple Enjoys Purim
Israelis and foreigners of the gay community enjoy a Purim party as they celebrate in Tel Aviv.
'Modern Family' Gay Kiss Controversy
After fans noticed that gay couple Cam and Mitchell hadn't shared a kiss, they started a successful Facebook campaign to get the producers of "Modern Family" to have the characters share more intimate moments.
Chuck Bass' 'Gossip Girl' Kiss
As is the case with most of his storylines, Chuck Bass' man-on-man smooch had a secretly devious intention. Still, we couldn't help but love watching the hit show's resident bad boy (played by the ever-dashing Ed Westwick) lock lips with a man in this much-hyped sequence.
Washington DC Approves Same-Sex Marriage
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Ally & Ling on 'Ally McBeal'
Certainly groundbreaking for its time when it aired in 1999, a hot kiss between Ally (Calista Flockheart) and Ling (Lucy Liu) took place after the latter character's erotic dream. As <a href="http://www.afterellen.com/TV/allymcbeal.html" target="_hplink">After Ellen notes</a>, both women ultimately concluded that what they really want out of a relationship is 'a penis,' but were at least willing to consider the possibility that they might be 'gay.'
'Cruel Intentions' Girl-Girl Kiss
"After the hours that Selma Blair and I practiced, we felt ready to go out there," Sarah Michelle Gellar said of her steamy "Cruel Intentions" kiss in 1999. "And I think it showed. Our motto was 'Rehearse, rehearse, rehearse." Looks like the rehearsal paid off: the pair were awarded the Best Kiss award at the MTV Movie Awards the following year.
'Kiss In' At San Francisco's Harvey Milk Plaza
J. Inness (L) and Drew Staffen kiss in front of the Castro Theatre during a 'Kiss-In' to recognize the International Day Against Homophobia in San Francisco.
Kiss-In In France
People kiss at the Trocadero, in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris during a "kiss-in" operation for the world day against homophobia.