Gay rights group Stonewall has praised the makers of Emmerdale for its handling of the issue of homophobia in prisons.
In the long-running soap gay character Aaron Dingle, played by Danny Miller, has been jailed for assault.
Despite trying to conceal his homosexuality from his fellow inmates, Aaron’s secret is discovered and one of his fellow inmates starts to threaten and intimidate him.
Stonewall told Digital Spy: “Gay men experience homophobia in many different parts of their lives, whether at work, in school or in their local communities, and it’s great to see Emmerdale tackling the abuse that lesbian, gay, bi and trans people continue to face.
“It’s vital that all prison staff are trained in how to prevent and tackle anti-LGBT behaviour, and that all public institutions take pride in promoting diversity and inclusion.”
Miller said: “Aaron is keeping quiet about the problems he’s facing in prison. He has always self-loathed and he doesn’t want to burden anyone else with his problems.”
Aaron will later turn to drugs in prison after being subjected to a brutal assault.