Neighbours star Takaya Honda (Instagram)
Neighbours star Takaya Honda (Instagram)
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Australian TV Soap favourite Neighbours has left both fans and critics raving following the long-time show screening an emotional gay scene recently.

The scene which featured Australian heart-throb Takaya Honda (David) and ex-Coronation Street actor Ryan Thomas (Rafael) shows Rafael exploring his sexuality after coming out.

(Neighbours, Network 10)
With fans loving the explicitly sexual nature of the scene, the show has also obtained praise for the sensitive way in which the couple treated each other.
During the scene, it was clear Thomas’ character Rafael was worried about something he was hiding from Dr David (Honda)

“You haven’t done this much have you?” David said, after identifying how nervous Rafael was.


David soon puts Rafael’s mind at ease and calms his fears saying, “That makes two of us, I only came out last year. I know what it’s like to feel overwhelmed.”

Takaya Honda

Many fans have expressed their delight at the scene and specifically the fact that show-runners did not hold back with their portrayal of gay sex.

One person wrote: “That was actually another good, entertaining episode and the gay love scenes were played like they weren’t kissing their grannies. Which was nice.”


“I absolutely loved the implied sex scene tonight! It was just so beautiful. Huzzah for LGBT pride! It’s so refreshing to see a gay sex scene! #neighbours,” another fan explained.


“FINALLY someone kisses David on the lips with passion instead of pecking him on the forehead! ???? YES #Neighbours – that’s how you do a gay kiss on TV!!! ????,” said one fan account.



Gay porn star Jesse Jackman wrote: “The Australian soap opera Neighbours has been on FOREVER… I remember watching it when I lived in a tiny town in NSW way back in 1990 (I was 16).

“So awesome that they’ve embraced the topic of gay sexuality in a pretty amazing way!”

Takaya Honda was one of the judges at the 2018 Mr Gay Pride Australia competition in Melbourne in January.

Spent the weekend finding it impossible to judge these 7 gentlemen who are all achieving incredible things in their own right but who were all also finalists in the Mr Gay Pride Australia 2018 competition. Congratulations @jordanbruno.mkr – you are a deserved winner who I am sure will not waste the opportunity and represent Australia at the Mr Gay World competition with every ounce of effort that any person could muster, you already do it with all the advocacy work you have undertaken within the community, so good Luck and may your energy never run low. To the runner up @nicgoesrawr your heart is enormous and the masters you are undertaking to explore LGBTQIA+ issues within the indigenous and Torres straits island community will have a profound influence I am sure. To the 2nd runner up @iamdanmegson you have come so far on your journey and your efforts to not only share but bring your experience into others lives is so impressive through @wod_out – and to the 4 other winners (you’re all winners to me), @eastersharks @theofficialtro @jordyhubbs @stevenbruni92 thank you for sharing yourselves with me and proving to me how wonderful people can be. The network you now have through each other is special and could truly prove to create the real change you all desire – so follow through with your collective ideas, I implore you. Thank you @tontenn @davidfrancis19 @matt_fistonich @eikonmag @interconmel @mrgayprideaus @theboyproject @fredlemarche And @midsummafestival for the opportunity to be involved in #mgpa18 it was wonderful! Sorry @eastersharks we didn’t get a selfie!!

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Last Updated on Mar 27, 2018

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