Denmark: New Conservatives Leader Søren Pape Poulsen Comes Out As Gay

Søren Pape Poulsen, the new Conservatives leader, has come out as gay to the media. [Image: Morten Dueholm]

Søren Pape Poulsen, the new Conservatives leader, has come out as gay to the media. [Image: Morten Dueholm]

The new leader of Denmark’s Conservative Party, Søren Pape Poulsen, has come out as gay, joking that his homosexuality is “apparently still exotic in 2014”.

Since becoming the new leader of De Konservative, Denmark’s media has been speculative of Søren Pape Poulsen’s personal life, especially his sexuality. It is for that reason that the Danish politician gave an exclusive interview to DR Nyheder (News) yesterday evening, making it finally clear that Poulsen is indeed gay. 

“I have found that there is great interest in my person”, Pape Poulsen said to DR Nyheder, “and I can not give an interview without being asked a lot of my relationships”

“It’s no secret that I’m gay”, he continued, “but it amazes me hurt that it must be so interesting in 2014, and it [also] amazes me that people believe they have a right to know”.

Søren Pape Poulsen stressed, however, that while it is “very much” against his principles as a Conservative politician to speak out in such a manner, he chose to come out publicly because he believes it would have come up in other ways, and because he has received many inquiries.

“I think it is unfortunate that I have to sit and talk about it”, Poulsen explained, “because I think that it is irrelevant for the Conservative Party.”

“I genuinely think that it is not interesting, and I do not understand that some people think that it is interesting in 2014. I find it strange that some people … almost want to evaluate people based on their sexuality”, said Søren Pape Poulsen.

About Scott De Buitléir

Scott De Buitléir is an author and poet from Dublin, Ireland. He is founder of EILE Magazine, a digital publication for the Irish LGBT community, and has published several works of poetry, non-fiction, and fiction. He lives in Cork with his partner.
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