He told The Daily Star: “Somebody tweeted me the other day and said they wanted to kick ‘that faggy Sean’s head in and crucify the shirt-lifting vicar’. I thought: ‘Crucify?’ God, we can have a coffee first? I get a lot of stuff from right-wing Christian groups too.”
Daniel says he copes with Twitter trolls by poking fun at them. He said: “You learn to try and deflect things with humour.”
However he has had some positive reaction to the Corrie plotline from gay clergymen. He said: “I am now in touch with several gay vicars who are thankful that Coronation Street are highlighting the issue of gay clergy. Religion is not gay-friendly but with a character like mine it is opening people’s eyes. There are many gay Christians, Muslims and Catholics and it is all right to have a faith.”
Billy the Vicar will conduct the service for Deirdre's funeral tonight.
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