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First-Ever Royal Family Member Comes Out as Gay

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This Royal is making history in a whole new way

For millions of people around the world and from every walk of life, being gay is not easy. Has it ever been a simple task to differ from the norm?

Although homosexuality had its place in some ancient civilizations, we have long since digressed into a world where gender, sexuality, and orientation have all taken on other meanings and associations, leaving us with sour stereotypes and harmful worldviews where being a man or woman has social implications instead of merely biological ones.

Now imagine if your life isn’t only about you, but rather the face of an important family or organization. For so many people, sexuality, identity, and thus happiness are denied selflessly for the sake of the presumed “greater good,” and perhaps nowhere is this more true than in the political-familial sphere of the British Royal Family.

But now that a cousin of the Queen just came out as gay, will we see a new age of personal and sexual freedom for others like him?

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Meet the first real member of gay royalty…

Lord Ivar

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Lord Ivar Mountbatten is a well-known figure within the British Royal Family. From casual trips with the Queen to numerous appearances on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, Lord Ivar is a direct descendant of Queen Victoria, Catherine the Great, and Alexander Pushkin, and a third cousin once removed of the Queen. He is also independently related to Prince Philip through the Battenberg Family line. Furthermore, he is a graduate of Middlebury College, a close friend of Prince Edward, and a father of three. And now, Lord Ivar is the first member of the [extended] British Royal Family to publicly come out as gay.

Falling in Love Again

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Now 53, Mountbatten has had a lifelong struggle with his homosexuality. “Being a Mountbatten was never the problem,” he said. “It was the generation into which I was born. When I was growing up, it was known as ‘the love that dare not speak its name,’ but what’s amazing now is how far we have all come in terms of acceptance.”

Mountbatten was previously married to Penelope Thompson from 1994 to 2011, and together they had three daughters (ages 20, 18, and 14). He is also godfather to Lady Louise, the daughter of Queen Elizabeth II’s youngest child, Prince Edward.

While on holiday in Verbier, Switzerland last year, Lord Ivar met airline cabin services director James Coyle (54), and the two have been together ever since.

Happy as the story may sound and brave as he was to come out in spite of any possible pushback from his family, Lord Ivar still isn’t 100% comfortable with the situation.