Coronation Street’s Antony Cotton confronts anti-gay protesters at Manchester Pride

Coronation Street’s Antony Cotton confronted anti-gay protesters at Manchester Pride and attempted to bash down their hateful placards with a pride flag.

The actor, who plays Sean Tully on the much loved soap, was celebrating the LGBT community alongside his co-stars on the ITV float when they came across a number of anti-LGBT signs in the crowd.

Rather than ignore them, Antony seized the moment to remind the protesters that the annual celebration was no place for intolerance, and got off the bus waving a pride flag on a large stick.

He then approached the signs (which bore ‘delightful’ messages such as ‘Abstain from fleshly lusts which wage war against the soul’ and declaring sleeping with the same sex is against nature) and proceeded to bash them with the flag.

To cement the point of the whole event further, Antony was wearing a t-shirt from Stonewall that declared ‘Some people are gay. Get over it.’
Too right, Antony.
Antony had no time for hate at the Pride parade (Picture: MEN Media)

Coronation Street’s cast were out in force for the parade (Picture: LNP)

The protesters, armed with megaphones, were heard spouting religious scripture in defense of their thoughts that being gay was a sin.

Before heading back on the bus, he blew them a kiss and waved at the fans that were actually there to celebrate LGBT rights and love in all its glory.

Dolly Rose-Campbell, who plays Gemma Winter on the series, had seemingly been prepared for the whole ‘it’s-against-God’ argument that people tend to drum up to fight against LGBT rights, and came with her own sign that declared: ‘Jesus had two dads and he turned out fine.’

Other Corrie stars taking part in the festivities were Charlie Di Melo (Imran Habeeb), Daniel Brocklebank (Billy Mayhew), Sally Dynevor (Sally Metcalfe), Rob Mallard (Dan Osbourne) and Faye Brookes (Kate Connor).

With Drag Race’s UK stars making their debut in the parade, Ariana Grande and Cheryl performing and it being bright and sunny weather all weekend, we know what party we’d rather be a part of.


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