LETTER : Thank you for coming out

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Sir: Can I say thank you to the MP Angela Eagle who has come out as the first lesbian MP (report, 11 September)?

Many, myself included, who have risked dismissal from our employment by being honest about our sexuality, have long been looking for someone willing to admit that the person they go home to in the evening has no reflection on how they deal with their constituents' problems or difficulties that day, whatever their job.

Let's hope that many more people will be able to live their lives to the full not worrying about gossip - be it from the paparazzi or workmates, family or neighbours - and that society will learn to value people for themselves and for what they can do for others.

KAREN TAYLOR

Coniston, Cumbria

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