Coming out remains a challenge to many.
As David Mundell becomes the latest MP to come out as gay, Lee Williscroft-Ferris takes a look at reactions to the announcement and what they tell us about the process of coming out.
When Scottish Secretary, David Mundell, came out as gay last week, many people sat back and awaited the inevitable. From “Isn’t he brave?” to “This shows how far we have come!”, the subsequent reactions were entirely predictable.
Increasingly common in such situations is the widespread appropriation of a person’s coming out for a variety of mostly selfish purposes. Most worrying is a growing tendency to interpret it as irrefutable proof that the battle for ‘gay equality’ has been won. This assertion is as erroneous as it is dangerous. It negates the ongoing intersectional struggle for full LGBTQ+ equality and it depersonalises the highly individual process of coming out.
When the act of coming out is portrayed as an…
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