Coronation Street star: Gays tell me I’m ‘a disgrace’ to the community

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Out Coronation Street actor Antony Cotton has spoken about being ridiculed for his character, and being told that he is a “disgrace” to the gay community.

Speaking at Manchester Pride’s fringe festival, Cotton said he had been criticised by people over the character, but defended Sean as the “most political gay character in a soap.”

He said: “I get a lot of stick from people who say, and these are people who are 21 years old, ‘you’ve put the gay cause back 21 years.’

“Or they say ‘you’re a disgrace to this village’. You’d be surprised how many kids say that to me.”

On the character, he said: “Sean has never had to explain who he was, he never had to come out, he was just accepted into the community of Weatherfield from the start.

“So for every one of those people who say to me that Sean’s a stereotype, and that he doesn’t have a political storyline, actually the fact he’s never had to explain himself makes him the most political gay character in soap.”

Coronation Street actor Antony Cotton yesterday mocked the decision, made by a Sainsbury’s store in Salford to cover up gay magazines. He tweeted images of GT and Attitude covered up with ‘modesty’ screens.

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