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The UK has more LGBT MPs than anywhere else in the world

There are now 35 LGBT MPs in parliament, which is the most in any parliament around the world.

At last year’s election, 32 LGBT people were voted into parliament. Last month, Scottish Secretary David Mundell announced that he is gay and now, The Independent on Sunday reports that both Hannah Bardell and Nia Griffith have come out.

Speaking about coming out to The Independent on Sunday, the SNP’s business spokesperson Hannah Bardell said that: “I only came out to myself and to my family during the election.

“I then chose not to say anything publicly because I had just got elected and I didn’t want it to be one of the first things I said about myself as an MP.”

Nia Griffith, who is Labour’s shadow Welsh Secretary, admitted to the newspaper that she has been out to her friends and family since the nineties, but hasn’t “made any great fuss” about it in parliament.

The news comes after Scottish Secretary David Mundell came out in January. In a post on his website, he said: “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.”

Speaking to The Independent on Sunday, shadow Leader of the House of Commons Chris Bryant said: “For some of the MPs now, their sexuality is just a mundane part of their lives rather than the only interesting parts of their lives.”

Source: Gay Times

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