Perkins - who was publically outed as a les/bian in 2002 by her ex-girlfriend and fellow comedienne Rhona Cameron during Cameron's appearance on ITV's I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here! - said that soap operas hold the key to changing perceptions of ga/y lifestyles.
Last week, the BBC published a lengthy report on how audiences feel ga/y, lesbian and bisex//ual (LGB) people are portrayed on television.
Writing in a comment piece in The Guardian, Perkins noted that the BBC and Channel 4 fared well in the report, with largely positive views on their portrayals.
However, the report also indicated that there was more work to be done as the majority of LGB people wanted TV shows to give more authentic depictions of their lifestyles.
Perkins suggested that soap operas are the programmes that can really change perceptions because they are "watched by millions of middle Englanders week after week".
"In 1987, EastEnders' Barry and Colin shared a chaste mouth-graze. In 1994, Brookside's Beth and Margaret locked lips. Coronation Street discovered lesbi/ans this year," she said.
"If ga/y history had evolved as slowly and timidly as television portrayed it, then the first drag queen would be tiptoeing out of the primordial ooze around about now."
Echoing the findings of the report, Perkins called for an end to the predominance of ga/y stereotypes on TV, such as "butch-femme" lesbia/ns or "camp" ga/y men.
She said gay-centric dramas such as Sugar Rush and Queer as Folk have compensated for the stereotype-heavy portrayals, while BBC Three's upcoming Lip Service shows promise.
However, Perkins claimed that ground will only be truly be broken if a "middle way" can be found that depicts the real lives of ga/y people on mainstream television
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