Campbell, who plays the much-loved Gemma Winter in the popular soap, revealed she is bisexual with a heartfelt message, in which she credits the people of Manchester and the city’s Pride for helping her come to terms with her sexuality and giving her the courage to come out.
She said: “The love and acceptance shown by the people of Manchester allowed me to accept my bisexuality and be proud of who I am.”
Last year, Campbell, who has been a long-time supporter of Pride events, became an ambassador of Manchester Pride and lent her voice for the latest promo for this year’s festival.
The beautiful video features highlights of the 2018 celebrations and offers a look at Mayfield Depot, which will host the music programme in 2019.
In the commercial, she reads the poem ‘Mine Is The Pride’, which explains the importance of Pride, celebrates LGBT+ culture and highlights the importance of fighting for equality.
Speaking about the video, Campbell said: “It was an honour to do the voiceover for this video. Manchester Pride is one of my favourite times of the year in Manchester.”
“It is a time when everyone comes together to show that love and kindness will always triumph over hate and prejudice.”
The 31 year-old actress also praised the organisation for the work they do for the queer community: “The work that Manchester Pride does throughout the year to engage with and create opportunities for people in Manchester’s LGBTQ+ community and beyond makes a huge difference to so many people’s lives.”
Campbell also revealed that she wants to use her own experience to help others come to terms with their sexuality.
Last year, other Coronation Street stars came out in support of Manchester Pride, responding to anti-LGBT+ protestors who demonstrated during the parade with anti-gay placards.
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