Popular UK dating TV show to feature LGBT contestants for first time

A popular dating show on British television will for the first time include lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) contestants, more than 30 years after it was first broadcast.

The "Blind Date" episode, to air on Saturday to coincide with London's gay pride march, will feature a woman deciding between three potential female dates who are hidden from view.

LGBT rights group Stonewall said it welcomed the decision and hoped to see more television programmes featuring sexually diverse people.

"The show's commitment to inclusion is welcomed by the community, demonstrating just how far society - and LGBT representation in the media - has come," a Stonewall spokesman told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

"We hope see even more shows follow Blind Date's example by helping viewers across Britain gain a better understanding of the diversity of the LGBT community," he said.