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Katie McGlynn and Coronation Street stars put on colourful display at jubilant Manchester Pride parade
Coronation Street were in high spirits as they basked in the sunshine at Manchester Pride, as former cast member Katie McGlynn beamed in pink at the celebrations.This year, Manchester Pride is taking place across the August bank holiday weekend, having begun on Friday August 26 before wrapping up on Monday August 29.It was previously announced that the theme for the 2022 parade in the city was ‘March for Peace’, in order to emphasise ‘the importance of peace in a world where all LGBTQ+ people are free to live and love without prejudice at its heart’.With Corrie being filmed on the ITV soap’s set at MediaCity UK in Salford, Manchester, members of the cast joined in the parade, getting into the swing of things with vibrant, sparkly and show-stopping outfits.Katie, who starred on the programme from 2013 to 2020 before joining Hollyoaks from 2021 to 2022, went full-on Barbie, donning a hot pink cropped jacket and skirt ensemble.She completed her look with a rainbow fan, grinning from ear to ear at the joy-filled event.Dolly-Rose Campbell, who’s played Gemma Winter on Corrie since 2014, went all out with her silver sparkly dress, styling her hair with a rainbow of colours and adorning her face with glitter.Meanwhile, George Shuttleworth actor Tony Maudsley wore one of the most eye-catching tops of the day, wearing a white T-shirt with a muscly torso design on the front.
‘This is trans power’: Why the people behind Manchester Pride’s opening act say it’s time to let go of the hate and celebrate
Manchester Pride, which kicks off today.Explaining where the idea came from, Leo says that the aim was to create a queer dance party ‘that is uplifting and celebratory, and celebrates trans people on our own terms.’ Notable names on the bill for this year’s event include Heartstopper’s Yasmin Finney, viral drag superstar Juno Birch and performer and Mr Gay England’s first ever trans finalist, Chiyo.But while party-goers can expect to be entertained by an evening packed with DJs, drag, burlesque, cabaret, activism and music, exactly what will happen on the night remains an exciting mystery.‘I’d love to tell you, but I don’t know what’s going to happen – we chat to the artists, give them the theme and literally just get the party started,’ says Trans Filth & Joy fellow organiser Kate O’Donnell, Creative Director of Trans Creative. According to Leo, who goes by the pronouns they/them, what can be assured is that as well as being an entertaining event for trans people, it will be safe and supportive, too.‘Creating a space which is really fun and affirming feels incredibly urgent and important right now,’ they explain. ‘We want to give trans people and their friends – but in particular trans and non-binary people – space to relax, be free and feel wonderful about themselves,’ adds Kate. For her, having Manchester Pride champion the trans community in this way is a huge step in moving further towards positive visibility and representation.‘They’ve put us right at the front,’ she explains. ‘They’ve done some really brilliant grassroots stuff this year, with some elements of risk.