17 May 2016
Over in the UK, the City of Manchester is to swear in its first out and proud gay Lord Mayor this week.
Councillor Carl Austin-Behan will become the first ever openly gay person to hold the historic title when he is sworn in on Wednesday.
The 44-year-old – a former Mr Gay UK – felt it was time for someone who represents Manchester’s celebrated lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community to finally don the ceremonial robes. And it is all the more meaningful after a long battle to stop his sexuality blocking his ambitions.
Just over 20 years ago he was kicked out of the Royal Air Force for being gay at a time when it was still illegal in the UK.