Monday, November 20, 2017

Cardiff vice-chancellor: I'm bisexual

The vice-chancellor of Cardiff University has revealed he is bisexual, saying he fears people like him are "invisible".

And he said: "I wanted to show it was a good thing, to help stop making bisexual people feel invisible."

Colin Riordan, 58, said he never intended to keep his sexuality a secret but decided to come out after he was referred to as the "straight friend" of the university's gay community.

He made his announcement in a monthly email to staff about academic news and campus matters.

Professor Riordan, who has held the job for five years, also kept his sexuality private in his previous post as vice-chancellor or Essex University, but said it was not an intentional decision.

"I never deliberately kept it a secret but I never felt the need to mention it either," he said.

That said, speaking out about his bisexuality dating has not been easy.

"Although this is not a big thing for me, I knew it would be seen as a big thing by others.

"It feels quite exposing, and I knew some people might react badly.

"I don't suppose I'd have done it had I not felt it to be so important."

Reaction to the news, however, has been nothing but positive - with staff emailing him to say it has helped give them courage and think about their own issues.

But perhaps most surprising of all, has been Prof Riordan's own relief.
He said: "Already I feel more myself and that a weight has been lifted. I am now being truly honest with those around me, and there is a certain freedom in that."

More young people in the UK identify as LGBT, Bisexual, disabled and looking for love.