I am looking forward to the day that someone's sexuality doesn't make front page news.
I do agree, though I suppose the angle on this one is that he's been married to a woman for a long time. I guess, in that respect, this could be a very helpful situation for someone having a similar experience.
Very true. Many years ago I was in a relationship with a woman when I finally admitted to myself that I'm gay, after years of feeling I had to suppress my true feelings. Thankfully my then girlfriend was extremely supportive despite it being incredibly difficult for her too. So to an extent I can relate to what Phillip and his family have been going through.
At the time it certainly did help seeing openly gay people in the media who were happy and open about their sexuality - I remember sending off for the information pack from Channel 4's 'Coming Out Night'.
I'm sure had there been someone like Phillip on TV at the time who was able to tell a similar story, I've no doubt I would have found that helpful.
In an ideal world, yes, someone's sexuality shouldn't be an issue. But while there is still prejudice, and the 'default' assumption is that someone is heterosexual unless they say otherwise, coming out is still a thing, and public figures being open and honest about themselves is still incredibly important.