UK tabloid outs a gay teenage Conservative conference delegate against his will

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Josh Salisbury writes at Pink News:

A teenage Conservative Party activist says he is “devastated” and “living in fear” after he was allegedly ‘outed’ against his wishes by MailOnline.

On Wednesday morning, the newspaper published a story entitled ‘Not very Conservative behaviour!’, about young Conservative activists enjoying a night-out after the Tory Party Conference in Manchester.

The article included photographs of young party members kissing.

The delegate to the Conservative Party conference had not been publicly out to many people because of the ‘hostility’ towards the LGBTQ community in his small town.

“I’ve been open about sexuality to very few people, a couple of friends at most. My town is quite hostile to homosexuality and most of my family is as well,” explained the distraught delegate.

The 19-year-old activist now says he faces a struggle with his mental health because of the public outing. “To be honest I’ve struggled with mental health for a long time. I feel like I’m going back into crisis”, he said.

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