When the press was threatening to out the bishop of the Church of England, he decided that it would be better to tell the truth himself. Nicholas Chamberlain said that his albeit celibate same-sex relationships have never been a secret.
In an interview with The Guardian, Mr Chamberlain said: “It was not my decision to make a big thing about coming out.” He added: “People know I’m gay, but it’s not the first thing I’d say to anyone. Sexuality is part of who I am, but it’s my ministry that I want to focus on.” He also said that those appointing him a bishop just six months ago knew his sexuality. “I was myself,” he said. “Those making the appointment knew about my sexual identity.”
Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby has commented: I am and have been fully aware of Bishop Nick’s long-term, committed relationship. His appointment as bishop of Grantham was made on the basis of his skills and calling to serve the church in the diocese of Lincoln. He lives within the bishops’ guidelines and his sexuality is completely irrelevant to his office.”
The bishop insists that he came out not for a fame. He plans to fight for the rights of other LGBT church leaders and members who are still hiding: “I will speak [at the meeting], and this part of me will be known. I hope I’ll be able to be a standard-bearer for all people as a gay man. And I really hope that I’ll be able to help us move on beyond matters of sexuality,” he said. “It’s not to say this isn’t an important matter – I’m not brushing it aside.”