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Corrie star calls for tolerance at work

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Published by Roisin Rowley-Smith for Riverside in Housing and also in Communities

Coronation Street actor, Anthony Cotton, urged colleagues at Riverside to become part of a global community, in a video message to raise awareness of gay and lesbian issues in the workplace.

The actor, who plays Underworld machinist Sean Tully and starred in the ground-breaking series Queer as Folk, delivered his message at one of a week-long series of events across the housing association, to spread the word about its lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) staff group.

Thomas Downey-Parkes from Riverside’s Home Ownership division hosted a session for colleagues on the importance of tolerance and understanding at work, and arranged the special message from Corrie favourite Sean.

Thomas said:  “I met Anthony at a special event at Downing Street a couple of years ago, which focussed on LGBT charities and celebrated those who work to promote equality.  I’m passionate about stamping out homophobic hate crime and do all I can to promote tolerance.  Despite the huge steps forward in terms of legislation, we still have some way to go towards a truly tolerant society." 

As a Stonewall Top 100 employer, Riverside continually works to ensure that people can be themselves at work. 

Thomas added:  “Colleagues gathered for lunch and took part in a fun quiz.  We also watched films about how the likes of Stonewall and other campaigners have pushed to change the laws on sexuality throughout the decades.  And the message from Anthony was a great way to end the event.”   

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