The show: A British soap opera, aimed mainly at teenagers.
"Just after my 14th birthday, I was watching Hollyoaks in the living room. This wasn’t anything out of the ordinary, and my mum happened to be watching it with me at the time. At the time, there was a ‘groundbreaking’ storyline surrounding a ‘will they, won’t they’ romance between John Paul and Craig.
"In this episode, John Paul has spilled his feelings to Craig. It was at this moment, as John Paul tried to leave via the back door, face burning with shame and confusion, that Craig chased him out the door. Then Craig, in a moment of passion, grabbed John Paul by the head and kissed him.
"I heard my mother clear her throat behind me and say: 'Jack, when are you bringing your boyfriend home?'
"To which I turned my head to regard her, haughtily retorting: 'When I get one.'
"Cue the classic ‘downaniddilynownownow’ sound of Hollyoaks ending, and I think that rounded off my ‘coming out’ quite nicely."