French government minister Mounir Mahjoubi serves as Secretary of State for the Digital Sector, and was a key member of President Emmanuel Macron’s underdog political movement. Marking the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia the 33-year-old politician revealed that he is gay himself and it was the first time when he spoke about his sexuality in public — his official coming out. And even though he was sure that nobody would be interested in certain aspects of his private life, he did it to focus people’s attention on the problem of homophobia. He said: ““Homophobia is an ill that eats away at society, invades high schools, and poisons families and lost friends. Worse, it haunts the minds of gay people, and sometimes forces us to hide and lie to avoid hatred, to live.” Private life should be private, he insists, but adds that “If I could pass on the message [to younger people], emphasising it with my personal experience, I think I needed to do that.” He emphasized on the importance of LGBT visibility but explained that to his mind people should not be forced to come out if they don’t feel ready for it.