Coronation Street star, Kym Marsh will feature in a new photography exhibition, ‘Welcome to my world’, which is to be displayed as part of Manchester Pride 2010, at Selfridges (Exchange Square, Manchester) from 20 August onwards.

The ‘Welcome to my world’ exhibition is based around 20 celebrities who have gay relatives or friends. Each celebrity photograph will be accompanied by a slogan, such as, “my brother/mother/friend is gay”. The idea is to illustrate the normality of being gay or having someone close to you that is gay.

Other celebrities to participate in the exhibition include: Heather Peace, Graham Norton, Sara Cox, Anthony Cotton, Katherine Kelly, Pasty Kensit, Helen Flanagan and others.

All of the shots have been taken by Rachel Joseph, a fashion and celebrity lifestyle photographer based in Manchester.

Coronation Street star Kym Marsh, said: “I was made up to be picked as one of 20 famous faces with strong links to the gay community. The pictures were all about playing up to gay stereotypes and my picture portrays a very strong female image. Rachel asked me to take part and, as I have a lot of gay and lesbian friends, I was delighted to get involved.”

Jackie Crozier, festival director of Manchester Pride, said: “This exhibition is the first of its kind in the UK and we hope it will go some way towards breaking down negative attitudes and encouraging the celebration of lesbian, gay and bisexual life. We’ve been really fortunate to receive a huge amount support from recognisable faces such as the fantastic Kym Marsh, and I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the celebrities who have been involved.”

Tickets for Manchester Prides Big Weekend are now on sale and can be purchased at www.manchesterpride.com or at various venues around the city.

Early Bird tickets for Manchester Pride’s four-day Big Weekend, which runs from Friday 27- Monday 30 August, cost £12.50 plus booking fee and are available until 30 June. From 1 July tickets will cost £17.50 plus booking fee.

For up-to-date information, follow the festival on Twitter: @ManchesterPride

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