“I think it’s important to give visibility to gay people, but I also think that everyone should do this when they’re ready to do it.”
French minister Mounir Mahjoubi has come out in hopes that doing so will help fight against homophobia.
Mahjoubi serves as Secretary of State to the Prime Minister in charge of digital affairs according to New Now Next and he celebrated International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia (IDAHOTB) by coming out earlier last week via Twitter.
“Homophobia is an evil that eats away at society, invades high schools, and poisons families and lost friends,” Mahjoubi, 34, tweeted. “Worse, it haunts the minds of gay people, and sometimes forces us to hide and lie to avoid hatred, to live.”
His public revelation was met with positive responses by other politicians, and in an interview with Franceinfo expounded on his decision to come out.
“It was necessary to recall the consequences of homophobia in everyday life, especially among the youngest, and the consequences it had for me,” said Mahjoubi. “I think it’s important to give visibility to gay people, but I also think that everyone should do this when they’re ready to do it.”
He adds: "We are in 2018, I live my life, even public, in a quiet way. But if, on that day, I could pass the message by reinforcing it by my personal experience, I think it had to be done.”