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John Bishop Gives Amazing Speech On Embracing Gay Children 'For Who They Are'

John Bishop Gives Amazing Speech On Embracing Gay Children 'For Who They Are'

John Bishop warmed the hearts of Saturday night audiences after he gave an emotional speech telling parents to love their gay children 'for who they are'.

The comedian was on The Jonathan Ross Show to discuss his latest stand up DVD and his UKTV series, but eventually started talking about the love of his sons, one of whom came out as gay in 2011.

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"Of the top 10 things I even think about him, being gay is not even on there. He's just another son," he said after joking that having a gay son was 'just like having a son'.

His speech hit home as he continued on a more serious note, saying: "I wanted to reach out because I've learned more since I've talked more openly with my son.

John Bishop Emotionally Says To Love Gay Children 'For Who They Are'. Credit: PA
John Bishop Emotionally Says To Love Gay Children 'For Who They Are'. Credit: PA

"To the kids who are 10 and 11 in the playground, who are standing on their own, who don't know where they belong or what group they belong into and try to play up to something or feel isolated.

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"And to their parents who think 'I don't know, my son doesn't want to play football, he doesn't fit in', say 'It's OK'.

"Just love them for who they are and allow them to feel safe, and then those little digs and the little knocks and the little abuse that they subtly get that we don't know about, perhaps won't penetrate as deep."

As Bishop was speaking, the guests - who included the Spice Girls (all but Victoria Beckham) and Kylie Minogue - nodded along, and when he finished his emotional outpour the audience burst into a roaring applause.

John Bishop warmed the hearts of Saturday night audiences. Credit: PA
John Bishop warmed the hearts of Saturday night audiences. Credit: PA

Earlier this year the 51-year-old was named 'Ally of the Year' at the NatWest British LGBT Awards during, where he gave an emotional speech about his son.

He told the crowds: "Like all parents we have problems with them. One of my sons has a tattoo on his ankle that was meant to be Africa but looks like Australia, one of my sons mumbles and one of my sons is a gay man.

"I'll be honest, there's been loads of nights when me and my wife have sat up and worried and worried and worried. What are we going to do if he doesn't stop mumbling?"

He may be a comedian and be used to using his funny-man skills, but the issue is clearly one close to his heart and, yet again, Bishop gave another amazing speech about supporting LGBT youngsters.

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Topics: Entertainment, Entertainment News, uk news, TV and Film, Celebrity, News, LGBT

Rachael Grealish

Rachael is a NCTJ qualified journalist from West Cumbria, with a passion for news, features and journalism. Outside of work Rachael loves plenty of coffee, running and reading.

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