Coronation Street star and father-of-two Charlie Condou has joined Stonewall to mark Father’s Day by judging a social media competition to celebrate fatherhood. Stonewall’s ‘Thanks, Dad!’ competition asked lesbian, gay and bisexual people and their dads to share positive stories about fatherhood. Today Charlie Condou and Stonewall Chief Executive Ben Summerskill selected the winning story, from Twitter user Sibster008, who wins a ‘Day out with Dad’ courtesy of London’s Madame Tussauds.
The winning tweet read: ‘Thanks Dad for telling me that my crush on Sigourney Weaver was just one more thing we had in common! Legend.’
Charlie Condou 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.’
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’s Guide for Gay Dads provides practical advice for gay couples who wish to bring up children. The charity plans to launch a campaign to celebrate mums before Mothering Sunday next year.
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