Hollyoaks spoilers follow.
Brooke Hathaway has shared they are non-binary in powerful Hollyoaks scenes.
Viewers have seen Brooke questioning their gender identity in recent months while receiving the support of new friend Ripley Lennox (Ki Griffin).
In Thursday's (July 22) E4 first-look episode, Nancy Hayton (Jessica Fox) was confused to see Brooke (Tylan Grant) struggling with the announcement they'd been voted the prom queen at Hollyoaks High.
Brooke opened up to Ripley about the difficulty they were feeling over their identity, so their new friend shared resources for a non-binary support group – and reminded them their friends will always be supportive.
When it came time for the prom, Brooke decided it was the right time to explain why they wouldn't be accepting the prom queen title.
"I don't think I identify as a boy or a girl," they explained. "I won't be accepting the title of prom queen tonight."
Juliet (Niamh Blackshaw) said she only regretted Brooke had been dealing with questioning their identity all on their own for so long.
"It's a lot to get my head around, but I guess as long as you're happy, that's all," Imran (Ijaz Rana) assured them.
Brooke promised their friends that they would lean on them more for support as they learned more about who they truly are.
"Honestly, I still don't really know who I am yet," they explained. "As long as I know I've got you lot, I know I'll be good."
"Hey," Imran interjected. "Of course you are [good]!"
The friends then went off to celebrate their prom in style!
Hollyoaks currently airs new episodes from Mondays to Fridays at 6.30pm on Channel 4, with first look screenings at 7pm on E4.
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