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Ex-Corrie star welcomes Pride London and World Cup clash as ‘pride of lions’

Stars praised the Attitude Pride Awards for celebrating LGBT people all over the world.

Former Coronation Street actor Charlie Condou has described the clash between Pride London and the England World Cup quarter-final as “a pride of lions”.

The actor, who attended the Attitude Pride Awards on Friday, said he plans to catch both major events on Saturday – despite them happening at the same time.

Delivering the playful twist on words, Condou told the Press Association: “It will be difficult because we’ve got Pride at the same time so I like to think of it as a pride of lions. That’s how we mesh the two.

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Will Young attending the Attitude Pride Awards 2018 at The Berkeley, London (Isabel Infantes/PA)

“So maybe I’ll sit there in front of the TV with a Pride flag around my neck.”

Condou, who played Marcus Dent in Corrie on and off from 2007 until 2014, also told of the need to continue acknowledging the progress of the LGBT community at the award ceremony.

He said: “People often ask me why we need things like Pride and why we need award ceremonies like this and in a lot of ways, in this country we’re doing quite well and we have a lot of equal rights and we’re essentially quite accepted.

“But I’m aware that we live in a bubble – there are still countries where you can be put to death for being LGBT, and I think it’s the duty of the strong to protect the weak.”

He added that “we need to march for the people that can’t march”.

“We need to have award ceremonies for the people who can’t be celebrated.”

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George Shelley attending the Attitude Pride Awards 2018 at The Berkeley, London (Isabel Infantes/PA)

Will Young, Robert Rinder and George Shelley were among the stars hitting the red carpet ahead of the ceremony.

Judge Rinder is host of the show which will honour the stories and experiences of people who have helped to improve the rights of LGBT individuals around the world.

Singer Shelley performed new single Technicolour before the awards began.

The former Union J star told the Press Association ahead of the ceremony that he thought life satisfaction for LGBT people in the UK was “about to change”.

He said: “I think things are about to change. I think this year, especially with how successful pride is every year – it gets bigger and bigger.

“I went to pride last year for the first time and to be in a community where I felt safe to be who I was for the first time – over the last year, two years, I’ve felt happy, comfortable and at home being here so maybe things will change.”

It comes as the world’s biggest survey on the experiences of LGBT people found 56% of respondents felt comfortable being LGBT in the UK.

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Judge Robert Rinder attending the Attitude Pride Awards 2018 at The Berkeley, London (Isabel Infantes/PA)

Some 108,000 people responded to the Government survey of LGBT people in the UK.

Rinder said he felt proud to be at the awards to “shine a spotlight” on the challenges still faced by LGBT people.

The barrister and TV personality said: “All the satellite communities in London, I think there’s a sense we can get a bit glib about the experience of being LGBT+.

“We make an assumption that because everyone can get married, that everything is perfect, when of course the reality is different around the world.

“What this does is gift people the opportunity to think about what is going on.

“So I feel genuinely proud to be shining a spotlight on other narratives to remind our communities, our country, really the challenges that are faced everyday by the LGBT+ community.”

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