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London Lite11,168 posts since 4 Jan 2003
London London
If it wasn't for the fact that Phillip came out today, I wouldn't have come out as bisexual today. I hadn't planned on coming out today. However, getting the notification from Sky News just before the show started prompted me to watch the interview, alongside my mother. This also made me think about when a good time to tell my parents would be. Then, as we were watching the interview, Phillip's bravery, honesty and courage struck a chord with me, and I decided that I'd have to do it at some point soon. Then the interview came to an end, and Eamonn and Ruth joined Phillip and Holly on the sofa, and me and my mother started talking about it. At that point, I decided it was now or never, and I opted for that moment.


This is exactly what I believe Philip and the production team would be going for. Giving LGBT viewers an outlet to feel comfortable about telling family and friends about their sexuality. For all the showbiz goss about this story, there is a public service element which would have helped so many people today.
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Rich Tea619 posts since 16 Apr 2017
Anglia (West) Look East
I have chosen to dub Schofe's announcement as " coming out of the broom cupboard ".



Had Schofield chosen to come out openly about his sexuality back in the late 80's in the years after he began doing children's TV from the cupboard in 1985 and then on Saturday mornings then I feel quite confident that he would have been kicked out of the broom cupboard. His children's TV career would have been ended literally overnight, and he'd certainly never have had that springboard to all the other TV later either.

Michael Sundin was briefly a Blue Peter presenter in the mid 80's about the time Schofield began his broom cupboard duties. When it came out he was gay he was history after just a few months doing Blue Peter. Reading his wikipedia entry and the feeble reasons they officially gave for his departure at the time made me rather cross. He was fired for being gay yet they hid behind other excuses. Schofield would have met the same fate as Sundin had he come out in his 20's back then.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Sundin

It's not hard to grasp why he never did until today is it.
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james-20015,837 posts since 13 Sep 2015
Central (East) East Midlands Today
This tweet popped up in my timeline this morning, and it's so accurate for so many comments I've seen today.





The threads on Digitalspy on this subject are full of quite frankly disgusting posts.
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DeMarkay731 posts since 29 Oct 2015
London London
Wow. Iโ€™ve just watched it on ITV Hub.

It was so lovely. I started to well up. You could definitely see the raw emotion, love and support in the studio.

What a beautiful moment.
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harshy6,374 posts since 24 Mar 2001
I have chosen to dub Schofe's announcement as " coming out of the broom cupboard ".


Had Schofield chosen to come out openly about his sexuality back in the late 80's in the years after he began doing children's TV from the cupboard in 1985 and then on Saturday mornings then I feel quite confident that he would have been kicked out of the broom cupboard. His children's TV career would have been ended literally overnight, and he'd certainly never have had that springboard to all the other TV later either.

Michael Sundin was briefly a Blue Peter presenter in the mid 80's about the time Schofield began his broom cupboard duties. When it came out he was gay he was history after just a few months doing Blue Peter. Reading his wikipedia entry and the feeble reasons they officially gave for his departure at the time made me rather cross. He was fired for being gay yet they hid behind other excuses. Schofield would have met the same fate as Sundin had he come out in his 20's back then.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Sundin

It's not hard to grasp why he never did until today is it.


He said unless I misheard him say he started feeling different a few years ago maybe he was straight when he was in the broom cupboard with Gordon the Gopher.

But yeah brave of him to come out but yeah quite a shock that
bkman19901,479 posts since 29 Jan 2012
UTV Newsline
I caught Phil's interview off Youtube earlier today. I have to admit that it was a great moment to see him announce it on the show.

I have more respect for him now as a TV presenter since he came out.

I would like to wish Phil & his family well after he made his announcement. They have been through a lot of emotional stress while dealing with this story. I hope they get the privacy that they deserve. I hope the British tabloids don't f up their narrative on him & his family while they're trying to dig out some negative crap about their life in future.
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Brekkie33,406 posts since 4 Jan 2003 Recently warned
HTV Wales Wales Today
Eamonn tweeted this earlier tonight:




https://twitter.com/EamonnHolmes/status/1225819870656434177
It's great that everybody gets sarcasm.
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DavidWhitfield724 posts since 16 Oct 2013
Tyne Tees Look North (North East)
Couldn't be happier for Phillip and delighted he feels comfortable enough in himself to 'come out'.

Re: Eamonn, I believe that was his (slightly hamfisted) way of making a joke of it, as a way of saying 'look, doesn't change anything, it's normal, we can have a laugh about it'. It was clearly meant in a positive way, to put Phillip at ease. From his reaction - hand shaking and hugging - it certainly seems as though Phillip took it as such. Think negative comments regarding the matter are misplaced.
Guess who's big in the back time.
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Rich Tea619 posts since 16 Apr 2017
Anglia (West) Look East
Mods should warn (/ban?!) you for those comments. This topic isn't really what the forum is about... but those comments are so beyond the remits of this thread/ site.

I certainly think speculating that this has happened to 'save his job' is astounding. wow.



I think the interview was tasteful and incredibly brave. I am really proud and happy for him and his family and glad he felt ready to approach this in public. The affect of his honesty will be felt incredibly across a lot of the LGBT community. I think it will also help open dialogue across many demographics. I've actually felt very emotional about this today, and commend his bravery. I couldn't have done that when I came out at 21, a number of years ago!

I came out as bisexual recently and I am just so proud of him for his bravery and courage to speak up and be who he really wants to be.

I'm gonna give all my support for Schofe as he's now brave to love himself for who he is. He's one of the best British TV presenters and I can say this must have been a life-changing moment for his long career. This can inspire so many people who are too afraid to come out to just build up a little courage and be as brave as they can to express their own identity and be proud of it.

I wasn't originally gonna talk about this, but the above point about inspiring people means I might as well.


If it wasn't for the fact that Phillip came out today, I wouldn't have come out as bisexual today. I hadn't planned on coming out today. However, getting the notification from Sky News just before the show started prompted me to watch the interview, alongside my mother. This also made me think about when a good time to tell my parents would be. Then, as we were watching the interview, Phillip's bravery, honesty and courage struck a chord with me, and I decided that I'd have to do it at some point soon. Then the interview came to an end, and Eamonn and Ruth joined Phillip and Holly on the sofa, and me and my mother started talking about it. At that point, I decided it was now or never, and I opted for that moment.

As Sh1ruba has said, it takes a lot of bravery and courage to speak about these things, and Philip has likely given many people the boost they need. I can attest that he has given at least one person the courage they needed.

I'd also just like to say well done to both Sh1ruba for being so open about your sexuality and thanks for giving me the courage to write about everything here, and Ne1L C for being open about your autism (I know what it's like). As others have said, we still seem to be a while away from topics, like sexuality and mental health, being a non-issue for a majority of the population. However, despite some negative remarks on social media, the support shown for Schofield shows that we are, at least, taking steps in the right direction.



BBI45, I hope you realise just what a truly wonderful and deeply inspiring post this is that you yourself have written here this evening.

Well done. You deserve kudos by the hundreds. This is an A+ with distinction forum post. Smile
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