Professor Dinesh Bhugra

The new head of the World Psychiatric Association, Professor Dinesh Bhugra, came out as gay in an interview and said his profession should apologise for the way it has treated gay people and women.

“There are still countries where it’s seen as an illness,” he said. “We need to make a stand.”

The 61-year-old is also professor of psychiatry and diversity at King’s College London, and chair of the Mental Health Foundation.

He is already ‘out’ in his personal life but hadn’t spoken about his sexuality publicly

Bhugra

Derek Mackay

Derek Mackay, a senior Scottish Government minister, publicly came out as gay in November after separating from his wife.

The 36-year-old, who had two young sons with his wife Jennifer, has been living apart from his family after he informed them several months ago.

Derek

Brian Boitano

The Olympic medal winning figure skater who two days prior was announced as part of the US delegation going to the Sochi Winter Olympics, came out as gay.

Boitano, 1988 gold medal-winning figure skater will join the openly gay tennis star Billie Jean King and ice hockey medal-winner Caitlin Cahow, in the delegation to the Winter Olympics in February.

Boitano

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