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Brave step: David Mundell

Brave step: David Mundell

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Brave step: David Mundell

"Coming out" as gay still feels harder in Britain than standing for election or being interviewed on live television, Scottish Secretary David Mundell said as he revealed his sexuality.

Mr Mundell, who becomes the first openly-gay Tory Cabinet minister, said resolving to go public this year was "one of the most important decisions of my life".

He said he could not "fully rationalise" why it was such a struggle for him - and many others - but had come to understand "the only way to be truly happy on a personal level is to acknowledge in public, as well as in private, who I am.

"Making this public is something I had to do myself."

Belfast Telegraph