Corrie and Enders honoured at awards
'Coronation Street' and 'EastEnders' have been honoured at this year's Stonewall Awards, which celebrate those who make a positive impact on the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people living in the UK
'Coronation Street' and 'EastEnders' have been honoured at the 2010 Stonewall Awards.
The event - which gives industry nods to events which have a positive impact on the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in the UK - saw both soaps praised for their recent storylines at last night's (04.11.10) ceremony.
'Coronation Street' won Broadcast of the Year for its first ever lesbian plot, which saw teenage friends Sophie Webster (Brooke Vincent) and Sian Powers (Sacha Parkinson) fall in love.
Meanwhile, 'EastEnders' star John Partridge - who is openly gay himself - picked up the Entertainer of the Year award for his role as Albert Square's Christian Clarke, who secretly found love with strict Muslim Syed Masood (Marc Elliot).
Ben Summerskill, chief executive of LGBT charity Stonewall, praised the soaps - alongside ITV1's 'Emmerdale' - for featuring "compelling depictions" of lesbian and gay characters.
He said: "This has been a landmark year. All three major soaps have featured compelling depictions of lesbian and gay characters.
"All three main parties made gay equality a central, vote-winning election issue. We're proud to have seen all these successes of modern Britain reflected at the Stonewall Awards ceremony."