Ireland's Health Minister comes out as gay

Ireland’s Health Minister Leo Varadkar has come out as gay. During a radio interview earlier today (January 18), the politician revealed that he wanted to come out publicly because he will be campaigning for the government's upcoming referendum in support of gay marriage, which is due to be held in May. Find out more here. Leo “I am a gay man, it’s not a secret, but not something that everyone would necessarily know but isn’t something I’ve spoken publicly about before," he told RTE. “It’s not something that defines me. I’m not a half-Indian politician, or a doctor politician or a gay politician for that matter." He continued: “It’s just part of who I am, it doesn’t define me, it is part of my character I suppose.“I’m comfortable to talk about it now, but I haven’t always been. It’s not a big deal for me anymore. I hope it’s not a big deal for anyone else. “My mum was concerned I would be beat up on the street, or that I’d lose my seat, or that people would use it against me in politics. I am now the Minister for Health" he said. "There are decisions coming up that are not entirely my own, but I will be involved in them. We’ve legislation coming forward this year about whether or not we lift the ban on gay and bisexual men donating blood. “I want people to know that whatever decisions are made on any issue, I’ll make them according to what I believe is public interest. I won’t be allowing my own background or sexual orientation to dictate the decisions that I make" added Varadkar. Recently, Colin Farrell wrote an emotional open letter asking his countrymen to vote ‘Yes’ in the referendum, saying that it was “insane” that his gay brother was forced to leave the country in order to marry his partner – read his letter in full here. More stories: Read nine-year-old girl’s letter to her gay teacher Meet the footballers stripping off to save their team…