Baroness Liz Barker

Liberal Democrat peer Liz Barker came out in a moving speech during the equal marriage debate in the House of Lords this summer. She was among the first to speak and said she had to “declare an interest”.

“Many years ago, I had the great good fortune to meet someone,” she said. “She and I have loved each other ever since.”

She went on to say it was a “great relief” to read the letter by the Bishop of Salisbury to Lord Alli, in which he argued “Whilst marriage is robust and enduring, what is meant by marriage has developed and changed significantly”.

Andrew Scott

The star of BBC’s Sherlock in November spoke out publicly for the first time to say that “as a gay person” he condemns Russian president Vladimir Putin for introducing anti-gay legislation to the country. 

Playing down the revelation, Scott said: “Really I just want to get on with my job, which is to pretend to be lots of different people. Simple as that.”

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Richard Wilson

Actor and director Richard Wilson, opened up about being gay in an interview, after he was named by Time Out in a list of influential gay people.

The 76-year-old actor, best known for playing Victor Meldrew in One Foot in the Grave, said his mention at number 80 in the Time Out list was “the most blatant outing”, but that he didn’t mind people people knowing the truth.

Oops – at least he doesn’t mind. (We really had to stop ourselves from using that phrase here, but we wonder if he said it when he read the Time Out article.

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