In a message published to his website, Scottish Secretary David Mundell has officially come out as a gay man.
Mundell, a conservative cabinet member and father of three, is making good on a personal goal to come out in 2016:
“New Year, new start! I have already set out my political priorities for the year and now I am setting out my personal one. Having taken one of the most important decisions of my life and resolved to come out publicly 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?”
Certainly anyone who ever dealt with the conflicting emotions of coming out can definitely relate, and Mundell eloquently shared his own struggle:
“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 so admire the many people, young and old, who are doing this every day, uncertain of the reaction. 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.”
The news has been greeted with bipartisan support from his fellow politicians, and it seems like Mundell is simply ready to get back to work:
“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.”
Well said, and welcome out!
If only some American politicians would be so forthcoming…