Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Is Roy Cropper Gay?

Some people are brought up on the Bible or something edifying. I was brought up on Coronation Street. It is weird, but when I hear the theme music it actually soothes my soul! Man that is a worry. It is tough to admit it actually. Anyway, the program has an interesting ethical question. Let me explain.

There is a character called Roy Cropper who owns a cafe. There is another character called Hayley. Now Hayley was originally Harold and became Hayley. Now Roy met Hayley and was attracted to her (him), not actually knowing she was a he. In time she/he let Roy know that she was a he but that she was off to get a sex change operation. Roy went through a terrible time of angst before deciding to support her. He recovered as a she and then they moved in together. They eventually 'married' with a civil union.

Clearly Roy was not 'gay' when he thought Hayley was a woman. Then he realised she was a 'he' and then 'he' became a 'she'. So the question is, 'is Roy gay'? My family is divided. Some say he is not gay because he is in fact attracted to a woma and Hayley is now a woman. Others believe he is gay because he is in a sexual relationship with a man.

What do you think?


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Anonymous said...

Of course he isn't gay. As a transgendered woman Hayley is still a woman and as a cisgendered man Roy is still a man. That makes it a heterosexual relationship through and through. As male identifed person with no attraction or relations with anyone male identified then no he isn't gay in any way what-so-ever.