The Scottish Secretary, David Mundell MP, has said coming out was ‘one of the most difficult things’ he’s ever done.
The Conservative MP for Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale came out in January 2016 as gay and by doing so became the first member of a Conservative UK cabinet to disclose his homosexuality. He said:
“Coming out was one of the most difficult things I have done, but also one of the most important. I was overwhelmed by the support I received from friends, family and colleagues.”
“Everyone should feel able to live their lives as they wish, in safety and confidence, without fear of judgement or discrimination. We have come a huge way in better rights for our LGBT communities, and LGBT History Month is a valuable reminder of those hard-won achievements.”
“But we still have more to do to build a wholly inclusive and accepting society. This month I hope that, by reflecting on our collective history, we continue to pave the way for a fairer future.”
The Scottish Secretary will host a reception to mark LGBT History Month this week, with invited guests including Pink Saltire and LGBT Youth Scotland, together with community activists and education professionals.
The event, to be held on Thursday 21st February in Edinburgh, will also feature a special exhibit of photographs by Fife Contemporary, highlighting portraits from two Fife LGBT youth groups.
Young people from Kirkcaldy’s ‘Flavours of Fife’ and the ‘Madras Pride’ group from St Andrews were supported by Swedish-born artist and photographer, Jannica Honey.
The groups were ablate experiment with photography techniques, with guidance and expertise from Jannica, to produce portraits which show them as they want the world to see them.
Mr Mundell continued:
“In Edinburgh this week I look forward to honouring some of Scotland’s most important LGBT organisations and diversity champions. I am very pleased to be able to showcase the work of a very talented group of young LGBT photographers from Fife.”
You can find our more about the Fife LGBT Portraits work here.