John Bishop gives moving speech about his gay son
Comedian John Bishop has made a powerful speech, saying he is “massively proud” of his gay son.
The LGBT+ ally also called for same-sex marriage to be legalised in Northern Ireland.
Speaking at the NatWest British LGBT Awards, Bishop said: “I brought my whole family, my wife and my three sons who I love and I am massively proud of.
“Like all parents we have problems with them.
“One of my sons has a tattoo on his ankle that was meant to be Africa but looks like Australia, one of my sons mumbles and one of my sons is a gay man.”
“I’ll be honest, there’s been loads of nights when me and my wife have sat up and worried and worried and worried.”
Bishop, who picked up the award for Ally of the Year, was then met with laughter in the room when he added: “What are we going to do if he doesn’t stop mumbling?”
The 51-year old, who recently finished his Winging It tour, went on to urge Northern Ireland to legalise gay marriage.
He said: “I was in Northern Ireland recently. In Northern Ireland it is still illegal to have a same-sex marriage.
“I went to have a chat with some people from the Rainbow Trust who put together the biggest gay pride in the whole of Ireland and it was a real lesson to me.
“I spoke to them about when the first pride march happened. It is people like this who really paved the way.
“Now the gay pride in Belfast has 60,000 people turn up.
“The first time they did it just fifty brave souls got together and when they walked down the road they were faced with people stood there with placards.
“They had placards shouting at these people ‘You’re going to hell’, ‘Being gay is a sin’, ‘You’re an abomination’.
“Back then there was more protests than marches. Now they dwarf the protestors.”
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