Irish Government Minister Leo Varadkar: ‘I Am A Gay Man’
Irish Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has come out publicly saying he is a “gay man”.
Speaking on Irish national radio station RTE, Varadkar said that “it’s not something that defines me”.
Irish Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has announced that he is gay during a national radio interview on Sunday morning.
“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,”
The minister was speaking to Miriam O’Callaghan on RTÉ Radio One. You can listen to the full interview here.
“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. It’s just part of who I am, it doesn’t define me, it is part of my character I suppose”.
Mr. Varadkar said his decision to speak publicly about it now was because he felt comfortable to talk about it and also for political and policy reasons.
The minister said he did not want people to think he had a hidden agenda in relation to some forthcoming legislation and also the forthcoming Irish referendum on same-sex marriage.
— Miriam O'Callaghan (@MiriamOCal) January 18, 2015
The minister has been receiving lots of support since giving the interview…
Oh, and fair play Leo Varadkar, although the nicest thing is, it hardly seems to be causing any storm.
— Dara Ó Briain (@daraobriain) January 18, 2015
Well done Minister Leo Varadkar. He didn't just come out on the radio (he was already out) but he just spoke about publicly for first time.
— Panti Bliss (@PantiBliss) January 18, 2015
You can't underestimate the importance and impact of someone as high profile as Leo Varadkar coming out. Visibility is incredibly powerful.
— Una Mullally (@UnaMullally) January 18, 2015
So Minister Leo Varadkar has come out? Good for him. Encouraging that most ppl seem to be more shocked by the fact he's only 36. The fecker
— Joe O'Shea (@josefoshea) January 18, 2015
Minister Leo Varadkar states "I want to be an equal citizen in my own country" on Sunday with @MiriamOCal
— RTÉRadio1 (@RTERadio1) January 18, 2015
Leo Varadkar, who was first elected to office in 2007 also celebrates his 36th birthday today. We can’t think of a better way to celebrate!