Justine Greening comes out as first female UK cabinet minister in a same-sex relationship
British Government minister Justine Greening has come out, revealing that she is in a same-sex relationship.
In doing so, the Putney MP and International Development Secretary, becomes the first out LGB female cabinet minister.
She tweeted her announcement, writing: “Today’s a good day to say I’m in a happy same sex relationship, I campaigned for Stronger In but sometimes you’re better off out!#Pride2016”
The tweet also joked about the EU referendum, which she makes light of, despite campaigning to remain in the EU.
The minister did not specify her sexual orientation, simply saying she is in a same-sex relationship.
Ms Greening joins David Mundell, the Scottish Secretary, who came out as gay in January.
After tweeting, the MP was congratulated by Parliamentary colleagues and by the Prime Minister who wrote: “Congratulations Justine – that’s great news.”
Chancellor George Osborne wrote: “Congrats Justine. Best news in last 48 hours!”
Education Secretary Nicky Morgan wrote: “Delighted for you both. Happy #Pride2016”.
Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson, who is out herself, told PinkNews: “I’m delighted that Justine is settled and happy and feels confident to come out. I consider Justine a friend as well as a colleague and I couldn’t be more chuffed for her.”
Angela Eagle, Labour’s First Secretary of State told PinkNews: “Many congrats Justine – Happy Pride 2016 Angela.”
Angela Crawley, SNP MP, told PinkNews: “I’d like to congratulate Justine for being proud to celebrate her relationship & coming out for London Pride.
“In light of recent events, we must continue to celebrate the LGBT+ community and be immensely proud of who we are and whom we love.”
Michael Fabricant MP told PinkNews: “Congratulations, Justine! Just goes to show there are some things in life even more important than whether or not we remain in the EU”
Crispin Blunt, MP wrote on Twitter: “good on you. Huge hugs from pride where I’m with the Chief and LGBTory. So happy for you. Crispin”
As Wes Streeting added: “Congratulations”.
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