The Conservative MP, who is currently the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, threw his weight behind a pledge to support LGBT people from rural communities and to encourage them into farming. Homophobia and stigma are more widespread in rural communities than in urban ones, because people living in rural areas usually have more conservative views. That is why the ratings of LGBT suicide in rural areas are usually much higher. “Farming today is an innovative and progressive industry that benefits greatly from being open to all, regardless of their background, gender, religion and sexuality. I hope that through the signing of this pledge we can further demonstrate our ongoing support for LGBTQ+ people in our rural communities,” Gove said, noting that inclusion and diversity are in top priority in all spheres of life, and agriculture should not be an exception. The pledge was also signed by Defra permanent secretary Clare Moriarty, National Farmers Union president Minnette Batters and Country Land and Business Association (CLA) director general Helen Woolley.