In an announcement that shocked the political establishment, Conservative cabinet minister David Mundell came out as a gay. The British Tory who is the secretary for Scotland wrote a lengthy blog about the importance of being true to oneself and called his decision “one of the most important decisions.” David Cameron, via a spokesperson, called supported Mundell’s honesty: “The Prime Minister is delighted that he’s in a position to take this step.”
The blog is posted below:
Having taken one of the most important decisions of my life and resolved to come out publically as gay in 2016, I just want to get on with it, and now, just like that, I have said it. How can it be both so easy and so hard to say a few short words?’ Of course, everybody who gets to this point, has had their own journey. I have certainly been on mine – conflicting emotions, of doubts and fears, but ultimately positive and uplifting, with an unstoppable direction of travel.
Over time, I came to understand that, for me, the only way to be truly happy on a personal level is to acknowledge in public as well as in private, who I am. I have been very fortunate and couldn’t have had more love and support from my family and friends. However, making this public is something I have had to do myself. I don’t know what the wider reaction will be, but I know it’s the right thing for me to do.
Other than the intensely personal and positive difference it makes to me, and the way I can live my life, my hope is that my coming out doesn’t change anything else about how I go about my work or how people treat me.
Gender and sexuality should make no difference whether you are a Cabinet Minister or in any other walk of life and I hope that I can, in my own way, reinforce that message.
According to British news sources, the UK Parliament now has the highest proportion of openly gay MPs than any other parliament in the world.