The season finale of My Mum Tracy Beaker had a special treat for longtime fans as Tracy’s foster mum Cam finally got her happy ever after – with a woman.
CBBC’s new three-part reboot saw Jacqueline Wilson‘s beloved character return to screens as a grown woman and a mother herself. But that’s not all that’s changed.
When the books that inspired the series were first published in 1991 the devastating Section 28 was still in force, which meant that stories with LGBT+ characters could be banned from school libraries.
That may be why Cam’s sexuality was never mentioned in the original Story of Tracy Beaker, even though Wilson certainly intended her to be gay.
“Anybody reading between the lines in the early Tracy Beaker books [would see that] her foster mum Cam, is to my mind, clearly gay,” she told the Independent.
Wilson, who came out herself last year at the age of 74, would go on to give Cam a “very nice girlfriend” in the later books. “I thought it was time she had a bit of fun in her life too,” she said.
But when the story was first adapted for TV in 2002 Cam was presented as straight, and by the time the show concluded in 2005 the character was married to a man named Gary.
Tracy’s Beaker’s come a long way since then, and so has Cam, it seems.
As the final episode of My Mum Tracy Beaker premiered on Friday (12 February), loyal fans were delighted to see Cam finally confirmed as a lesbian, and happily married to a woman named Mary.
It was the happy ending we’ve all been waiting for.
CAM AND MARY IN MY MUM TRACY BEAKER CAM CANON LESBIAN HELLO pic.twitter.com/ubxZD99xu2
— elektra love bot (@thetracyground) February 12, 2021
another friday night in lockdown, i’ve just finished my mum tracy beaker and….. i’m unexpectedly actually v emotional about cam getting to finally be explicitly gay 🥺🥺🥺 pic.twitter.com/hsZsHmeOJ1
— olivia 💤 (@oliviaarons) February 12, 2021
// My Mum Tracy Beaker Spoilers
CAM GOT MARRIED LETSSS GOOOOO. CAM AND MARY SUPREMACY pic.twitter.com/HJttWxqQza
— laura | ミ☆ 💛 (@banesbrittana) February 12, 2021
It’s A Sin usurped as the best queer television of 2021 by Cam and Mary’s lesbian wedding in My Mum Tracy Beaker
— Harrison Brocklehurst (@harrisonjbrock) February 12, 2021
I JUST WATCHED TRACY BEAKER AND IT IS EVERYTHING!!!!!!!!!
CAM AND MARY, INCREDIBLE 🤍 pic.twitter.com/hXiGT8oUX9
— eb 🤍 (@mileynoticedme) February 12, 2021
We’ve had both Jojo Siwa and Cam from Tracy Beaker come out this year, this is the start of a gay revolution
— josef 🫀 (@joatmilk) February 12, 2021
when the story of tracy beaker was first published, section 28 was still law in the UK. it’s entirely probable that jacqueline wilson intended for cam to be gay back then but had she written that in her book it would not have been allowed in school libraries. THIS IS SO IMPORTANT pic.twitter.com/7RskcANius
— 𝓔 ☆ (@sillycharityx) February 12, 2021