Coronation Street, Britans longest running soap opera set in Weatherfield, a fictional town based on Salford has become famous for its inclusion of LGBT characters. But some cast members are beginning to get bent over the fact that soon there will a THIRD homosexual couple on the Street. Currently Sean Tully and Marcus Dent are in a big storyline – as well as the return of Todd Grimshaw and boyfriend Jools. The Street is also home to lesbians Sophie Webster and Sian Powers and a transexual, Hayley Cropper
Jean Alexander who has played Hilda Ogden for 23 years claims Corrie is becoming too far fetched: “Every community has people who are gay and they are very nice people but three couples seems excessive.”
And Nick Cochrane who played Andy McDonald has this to say:
I’m not sure these storylines are realistic. I’ve got plenty of gay friends but they don’t all live in a street full of gay people. How many streets in Britain would have schoolgirl lesbians, gay married couples, a transexual and children to gay couples? It is a little bit far-fetched.
Fans love Corrie for its traditional values. I don’t think it’s the right platform to highlight so many gay issues all at the same time
Ben Summerskill, chief executive of gay rights charity Stonewall
“Corrie picked up Stonewall’s Broadcast of the Year trophy because it’s streets ahead with its gay characters, About six per cent of the population is gay – and more in and around cities. So of 66 Corrie characters it’s not in the least inconceivable that more than four might be gay.”
Ratings have been holding steady sinceex-Doctor Who producer Phil Collinson (who is also gay) took the job last year at about 8 Million viers But one Corrie insider said: “It’s not a happy place to be at the moment – and there is growing unrest that the show is losing its way,”
Let’s take a break from the “heavy stuff” and take a look at the lighter gay news of the day.
There’s a porn star who continues to be too gay, bisexual softball players who aren’t gay enough, and a celebrity who is about to reveal just how gay they really are.
According to the Seattle Times, three bisexual men are suing the North American Gay Amateur Athletic Alliance claiming that they were banned from participating in the Gay Softball World Series (this is a thing) because they’re only bi, not like Gay gay. There’s a rule that only two heterosexual people can be on each team, and a rival team claimed that the bi dudes’ team was in violation of that, even though they’re bi, not straight. A Crucible-esque tribunal was formed and the following happened:
Each of the three plaintiffs was called into a conference room in front of more than 25 people, and was asked “personal and intrusive questions” about his sexual attractions and desires, purportedly to determine if the player was heterosexual or gay, the lawsuit alleges
In the end the tribunal found the men “nongay” and had them
pressed under rocks like Giles Corey stripped their team of their second-place position and recommended a one year ban for all three men. So now they’re suing for emotional distress money and a change in the rules.
Next up we have Brent Corrigan, née Sean Lockhart? He’s the apple-cheeked pornography actor who was mysteriously banned from speaking at Yale. Corrigan/Lockhart’s lawyer tells the Yale Daily News that his speaking engagement was canceled not because of some fee issues, as was previously offered as an excuse, but because the Pride Month coordinators didn’t feel like they had enough time to prepare for the crazy storm of anger that would erupt across the hallowed campus should this barebacking twink-hunk arrive to tell his tale. And we all know the best way to work with people who are upset is to run away from them and thus indulge them. Brent Corrigan: Too Gay (for Yale).
And finally. Supposedly there is going to be a big celebrity coming-out on May 5th. And naturally it;s going to take place on the cover of People magazine. So who will it be??? Queen La? Zach Quinto?, Matt Bomer, The regretful ghost of Dinah Shore? No one knows! You guys should speculate in the comments please. I hope it’s a really exciting person. But ultimately I think it;s going to be a washed up actor loking for a career boost. (I’m looking at you, Kevin Spacey)