By Marron Joshua F. Mendoza
The cast of the hit Netflix series Heartstopper joyously celebrated Pride in London last Saturday with a message to anti-LGBTQ protesters standing on the pride parade’s sidelines.
Lead actors Kit Connor and Joe Locke, along with other cast members, including Sebastian Croft, Kizzy Edgell, Corinna Brown, Jenny Walser, and Tobie Donovan, danced to Whitney Houston‘s “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” as they joined the march.
Praising Locke and Croft, Connor wrote in a retweet, “I was videoing and screaming at them, but please don’t be mistaken, it wasn’t ‘Kit Connor and the rest of the cast,’ it was @joelocke03 and @SebastianCroft front and centre. Please give them [the] credit for doing something so powerful.”
In a retweet of his and Croft’s actions against the protesters, Locke stated that he “had to do my job properly.”
Based on Alice Oseman‘s webcomic and graphic novel of the same name, Heartstopper follows the story of gay schoolboy Charlie Spring (played by Locke) falling in love with his classmate, the famous rugby player Nick Nelson (played by Connor). Critics and audiences praised the series for portraying LGBTQIA+ characters and relationships.
Netflix recently renewed Heartstopper for a second and third season.