Conservative MP Dehenna Davison said her sexuality is just ‘part of who I am’ as she came out publicly as bisexual today.
The Tory politician, 28, who was elected as MP for Bishop Auckland in 2019, said she had known for ‘quiet a lot of years’ about her sexuality but had not spoken publicly because she ‘did not want being bi to be considered a big deal’.
Ms Davison is understood to be the first female Conservative MP to come out publicly as bisexual.
In an interview on GB News, set to be broadcast today, Ms Davison said: ‘I’ve known that I’m bisexual for quite a lot of years. All my close friends and family know.
Conservative MP Dehenna Davison, 28, who was elected as MP for Bishop Auckland in 2019, came out publicly as bisexual today
‘If anyone were to explicitly ask me, I certainly wouldn’t try and hide it because I don’t think it’s anything to be ashamed of.
‘The reason I haven’t done a kind of, ‘by the way, guys’ is because I don’t want being bi to be considered a big deal.
‘If I did a very public kind of coming out parade, that would be me saying there’s something really unusual about this and trying to make a big deal of it when to me it’s not. It’s just part of who I am.’
Ms Davison also revealed she would adopt a nickname on dating sites to ensure people were not be put off by the fact that she is an MP
She said: ‘I don’t feel like I need to be in a relationship, but ultimately you do want to settle down with someone. So I decided to get myself on a dating app.
‘But having such an unusual name, I thought, maybe that’s not the most incognito way – and the last thing you want is someone trying to match or chat to you because they know what you do.’
The Tory MP said she is in the process of divorcing her husband John Fareham and is in a relationship.
She added: ‘I’m seeing someone at the moment. It’s going really well, and I’m very excited about it. But we’ll see, the future is a very exciting place.’
Following her interview the MP took to Twitter to write: ‘Really overwhelmed by the outpouring of love this evening. Thank you so much for your support.’
The Tory MP, who became the first Conservative MP in the former Labour stronghold in more than 80 years, said she is in the process of divorcing her husband John Fareham (pictured together)
The MP took to Twitter to write: ‘Really overwhelmed by the outpouring of love this evening. Thank you so much for your support’
Conservative colleagues were among those offering their support to Ms Davison, with Peterborough MP Paul Bristow tweeting: ‘Good for @DehennaDavison. Spot on. It’s not a big deal but by saying this – in a wide ranging interview – will undoubtedly still help others.’
The LGBT+ Conservatives Twitter account wrote: ‘We’re so proud of our friend @DehennaDavison!
‘We welcome her to our community with open arms and are so excited to continue working with her as she enters this new chapter in her life.’
Ms Davison became the first Conservative MP in the former Labour stronghold in more than 80 years when she won the seat from Helen Goodman in 2019.
She won a majority of almost 8,000 as her party made unprecedented gains across the North East.
Following the General Election, she split from Hull councillor John Fareham – who she married in 2018.
The pair had appeared on the Channel 4 show Bride and Prejudice a year earlier, which documented the couple’s push for acceptance from the MP’s grandfather.
Earlier this year the Conservative MP said the pain of losing her father Dominic to a single punch when she was just 13 was harder to take because his killer was never sentenced.
Speaking to the Times, the MP said the fact the man who hit her father, who was just 35 when he was killed in a Sheffield pub in 2007, did not serve a prison sentence had spurred her on to fight for justice for other families in similar situations.
Her father’s aggressor stood trial for the 2007 crime but there was disputed evidence, with witness testimonies split, meaning he was not convicted.
Ms Davison, who launched the All Party Parliamentary Group for One-Punch Assaults in February this year, said: ‘Knowing my dad as I did, knowing that he wasn’t a violent man, it was hard to come to terms with.’