Thursday, 19 October 2017

Coronation Street wins PinkNews Ally Award

Coronation Street has been awarded the PinkNews Ally Awards  for ‘decades’ of LGBT representation.  The award was collected on behalf of Coronation Street at the awards do last night by actor Daniel Brocklebank who plays Billy Mayhew in Corrie.

When picking up the award, Brocklebank honoured the “wonderful” Tony Warren for his efforts.

“Thank you so much for this award. It is in honour of the wonderful late Tony Warren, who without, we wouldn’t be here today. We are sure that Tony would be proud of the LGBT stories we are still sharing in the show.”

PinkNews CEO Benjamin Cohen said: “Coronation Street, created by the late Tony Warren in 1960, who said, ‘I don’t think it could have been created by a straight man, who would have seen the innate glamour in a back street in an industrial town. Because gays had been shut in the corner for so long, we found the oddest entertainment in the oddest places’. From early portrayals of gay couples to the first trans soap character, it has been a trail blazer for LGBT+ representation.”

Daniel Brocklebank added: “I feel proud of the adoption storyline and proud to represent my community. Last year at Euston station a woman burst into tears and threw her arms around me and said, ‘Thank you, you’ve helped my son so much’.

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