Coronation Street and father-of-two Charlie Condou has marked Father’s Day by picking a winner of Stonewall’s social media competition.
UK-based gay rights charity Stonewall created the ‘Thanks Dad!’ contest. They asked gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people to share positive stories about fatherhood.
Twitter user @Sibster008 was the overall winner. She tweeted: ‘#thanksdad For telling me that my crush on Sigourney Weaver was just one more thing we had in common when I came out! Legend.’
Soap star Charlie Condou, who also writes the ‘Gay Dad’ column in British newspaper The Guardian, said many gay men grow up thinking fatherhood is something they will never experience.
He said: ‘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.’
Stonewall’s Ben 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.’
Stonewall has also created A Guide For Gay Dads which you can download here. The guide provides tips on fathering a child, the law and coming out to your children. The charity will be creating a guide for women for next year’s Mothering Sunday.