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FAMILY GUY

AS CORRIE’S GAY COUPLE, BILLY AND TODD, TAKE IN DAUGHTER SUMMER, ACTOR DANIEL BROCKLEBANK TALKS ABOUT THE SHOW’S QUEER HISTORY, PUSHING BOUNDARIES AND THE WORK THAT STILL NEEDS

Coronation Street has been beamed into millions of living rooms for longer than any of its soap opera rivals. Created in 1960 by scriptwriter Tony Warren, himself a gay man, during the course of its 57 years and more than 9,000 episodes, the show has depicted numerous instances of LGBT+ life, which have had a huge influence on changing the way the average Brit perceives sexuality and gender.

Famously, Corrie was the first British soap to introduce a transgender character: Hayley Cropper was played by Julie Hesmondhalgh for 16 years, and her presence on the Street was credited with contributing to a change in attitudes towards transgender people and even helping push through the Gender Recognition Act in 2004.

The show’s first gay kiss, between Adam Rickitt’s Nick Tilsley and Todd Grimshaw, played by Bruno Langley, was watched by 14m people. Meanwhile, Antony Cotton has been a regular on the cobbles for more than 13 years, playing camp barman and sewing machinist Sean Tully. And, in 2010, the first lesbian relationship, between Sophie Webster and Sian Powers, was a hit with viewers.

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On the cover: All American Boy Steve Grand in his hottest shoot ever. Plus: the stars from God’s Own Country on why it’s more than just the British Brokeback Mountain, former soldier James Wharton’s chemsex battle, Corrie’s gay DILF Daniel Brocklebank, and what’s gay life like in Beirut?
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