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Big Gay Wedding’s Tom Allen says gay rights should “never” be taken for granted

Tom Allen in a publicity shot for Big Gay Wedding.

Comedian and TV presenter Tom Allen is hoping for his new film Big gay wedding with Tom Allen will encourage queer people to “never take for granted” the rights fought for by the community.

Marking the tenth anniversary of the first same-sex marriage in the UK on March 29, 2014 The Apprentice: You’re fired Presenter Tom Allen in front Big gay wedding with Tom Allen on Wednesday evening (March 27) at 9pm on BBC One.

The unique film follows Brighton-based couple Adam and Dan as Allen tries to arrange their dream wedding with a little help from his famous friends, including Murder on the Dance Floor hitmaker Sophie Ellis-Bextor. Be sure to come dance Icon Oti Mabuse and Great British Bake Off Winner John Whitte.

In addition to his role as Adam and Dan’s wedding fairy, Allen embarks on a journey through history to uncover the long and difficult road to marriage equality in the UK, speaking to activists and politicians who fought for gay couples to come forward walk down the aisle.

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The 10th anniversary will be in 2023 #samesexmarriage🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈 is being legalized in England and Wales, and this month marks exactly a decade since the first wedding. To celebrate this momentous occasion, comedian, presenter and author have come together #TomAllen goes above and beyond to arrange a dream wedding for a gay couple. He enlists the help of celebrity friends, including dancer Oti Mabuse, stylist Nick Hems, baker John Whaite and legendary M*rder on the Dancefloor singer Sophie Ellis-Bextor, to help him with everything from entertaining to the outfits. As Tom helps the happy couple arrange the wedding of the year, he uncovers the extraordinary story of the fight for equal marriage and gets to know them in the process #LGBTQ + Trailblazers who made the day possible including Sandi Toksvig, Peter Tatchell, Lynn Sutcliffe and Sarah Hews. He also meets some of the political figures who were instrumental in passing the law, including Dame Angela Eagle, Lynne Featherstone and Lord David Cameron. Big Gay Wedding with Tom Allen airs on BBC One and IPlayer on Wednesday (March 27) at 9pm. #gaywedding #Wedding #Section28 #lgbtqhistory

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Speaking to PinkNews, Allen explained why he believes the film is a necessity in the current political climate and how it serves as a reminder that the fight for LGBTQ+ people is not yet won.

“It’s a message that essentially conveys positivity and hope and shows what can be achieved when people work together,” he shared.

Dan and Adam are the gay couple in the BBC film Big Gay Wedding starring Tom Allen.
Dan and Adam are the gay couple in the BBC film Big Gay Wedding with Tom Allen. (BBC)

“I think our politics have become so tired and tiring for a lot of people; This shows what happens when people come together and listen to each other. It shows what happens when people who have fought for a long time to have a voice for something are finally heard.”

As part of the show, Allen also talks about his own experiences growing up gay in the shadow of the AIDS crisis and Margaret Thatcher’s maligned Section 28 law, which banned the so-called “promotion” of homosexuality in schools.

“I still understand how pernicious the Section 28 legislation was and what the general attitude of society was before it – how punishing it was for anyone who wasn’t essentially heterosexual and how that resonated with many of us,” Allen said.

Tom Allen at the big gay wedding with Tom Allen. (BBC)
Tom Allen at the big gay wedding with Tom Allen. (BBC)

“I think it affected so many of us back then, before that time and even now – I still feel it sometimes and it hurts me that I don’t have the clear narrative that straight friends of mine might have liked. “

While many of Big gay wedding is a joyful sight and a simple love story, but also a reminder of what there is still to fight for when it comes to gay equality in the UK.

“I think we should never take for granted the rights we enjoy and the equality we strive for, and we should never take for granted what our ancestors fought for,” Allen said.

Allen expressed his desire for the film to be a pillar of hope for activists still on the front lines fighting against increasing anti-LGBTQ+ hostility.

“I think there are still a lot of fights to be won,” he said. “I hope this provides some structure or some hope for people who [are] fight in the spirit of trans rights, fighting to ensure that trans people continue to be fully included in marriage legislation. It’s not quite the same across the board [the board] For each.”

Tom Allen pictured on the red carpet at an event.
Tom Allen. (Getty)

While progress has “shifted” for queer people in the UK, Allen also recognized that this is not the case everywhere. “It’s not like we’re even allowed to exist in certain parts of the world,” he added.

For Allen, one of the most rewarding parts of the film was seeing happy couple Dan and Adam fully commit to their outlandish ideas for their wedding.

“I think as queer people we sometimes feel like we should hide, and the exuberance and extravagance of their wedding, to me, was actually like, ‘Actually, we don’t have to hide – we can be a hundred percent ourselves.” , Allen mused.

“Your wedding cake looks so wonderful; They had these really epic ideas [their wedding] and I thought, ‘Oh, okay, good luck’ – and then we did it.”

Big gay wedding with Tom Allen will air on BBC One on Wednesday March 27th at 9pm GMT. It will then be available BBC iPlayer.

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