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Phillip Schofield makes it easier for other gay people to be themselves

Eilis O'Hanlon


The warm reaction to the much-loved TV presenter's announcement that he's gay shows how far society has come, writes Eilis O'Hanlon

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SUPPORT: TV presenter Phillip Schofield with his wife Stephanie Lowe. Picture: Reuters

SUPPORT: TV presenter Phillip Schofield with his wife Stephanie Lowe. Picture: Reuters

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SUPPORT: TV presenter Phillip Schofield with his wife Stephanie Lowe. Picture: Reuters

Phillip Schofield is gay. It's rare that a news story can be reduced to four words, but this is one exception. Phillip Schofield is gay. That's it.

The TV presenter made the announcement on Instagram last Friday morning, following it up with an interview on the sofa with his co-host Holly Willoughby on This Morning on ITV. The response from viewers was immediate, and overwhelmingly warm and supportive. It was the same on social media. People sympathised with his struggle to be himself. Schofield was complimented for his bravery in coming out after 27 years with his wife Stephanie. Everyone wished him well. The hashtag #loveislove was trending on Twitter. And that, basically, was that. The world moved on.

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Inch by inch, what once seemed threatening and strange to many is now familiar, normalised. This time next week, the first same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland will have taken place. Robyn Peoples from Belfast and her partner, Sharni Edwards from Brighton, will be hitched in Carrickfergus. Society has changed, for the better.