Manchester is streets ahead in mission to end homophobia in schools

Publish Date: 05/08/2007

The project which is aimed at secondary schools throughout the city is collaboration between the Lesbian and Gay Foundation, Manchester City Council Children's Services, Manchester Healthy Schools Partnership and Hope Theatre Company. Over the next three years Exceeding Expectations will support more than 12,000 education professionals with appropriate interventions, resources, training and advice on homophobia and sexuality.

Antony who plays Rovers Return barman Sean Tully has long been a supporter of the city's Lesbian and Gay Foundation and when asked to sign up to the initiative, made sure to get fellow Corrie pals to sign a pledge to support the project on a sunny afternoon in Weatherfield.

Julie Hesmondhalgh, who plays Hayley Cropper in the soap, is a patron of The Lesbian and Gay Foundation and was also on hand to support the initiative along with other Corrie favorites.

Tupele Dorgu (Kelly Crabtree), Rupert Hill (Jamie Baldwin), Rob James Collier (Liam Connor), Alison King (Carla Connor), Wendi Peters (Cilla Battersby-Brown), Jenny Platt (Violet Wilson) and Kim Ryder (Michelle Connor) all took time out of their busy schedule to sign the Exceeding Expectations pledge to end homophobia through education.

Returning to the soap and joining the team in signing the pledge, was Denise Black who appeared with Antony Cotton in the original groundbreaking UK series Queer as Folk, which helped to put Manchester's gay scene on the map in the late 1990s.

Exceeding Expectations are looking for colleagues in Manchester Schools to sign up as champions for the initiative.

For more information please contact: exceedingexpectations@lgf.org.uk

To see pictures of the Coronation Street cast signing the Exceeding Expectations Pledge please visit the gallery.