Soap star Charlie Condou has teamed up with gay rights group Stonewall for a Father’s Day competition that will highlight the positive stories of lesbian, gay and bi-sexual parents.
Stonewall is inviting entrants to post their stories on YouTube, Facebook or Twitter and one entry a day will win a ‘Some People Are Gay. Get Over It!’ t-shirt.
The winner will receive four tickets to London’s Madame Tussauds and will be chosen by Condou and Ben Summerskill, chief executive of Stonewall, on Father’s Day in the UK on the 17 June.
Summerskill said: ‘Supportive parents give young people the best start in life.
‘That’s why Stonewall has campaigned so hard to make sure mums and dads are afforded real dignity and respect whatever their sexual orientation.’
Condou, a British actor and columnist who is best known for his role as Marcus Dent in the British soap opera Coronation Street, said: ‘Until recently many gay men will have grown up thinking fatherhood was something they’d never experience.
‘As a dad of two young kids, I know that parenting is parenting, regardless of sexuality. I love being a dad and I’m immensely grateful that today nobody has to feel like the door to family life is closed to them.’
Condou is also a gay rights activist: a supporter of Manchester Pride and a volunteer for the Terrence Higgins Trust. He lives in Islington, London with his boyfriend, and a son and daughter Hal and Georgia.