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Mayor In Canada Comes Out As Gay At Age 58

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The mayor of Ottawa revealed yesterday that he is gay, an announcement that comes on the eve of gay pride week in the Canadian capital city.

“I’m gay. There — I said it; or rather, wrote it. Those two words took me almost four decades to utter, but as they say, ‘Better late than never,’” Jim Watson wrote in a letter published in the Ottawa Citizen newspaper.

The 58-year-old, who has served as mayor since 2010, recalled being a shy teen who moved and changed schools frequently, preventing him from making friends.

It was the 1970s, a time when “there were virtually no resources to seek for guidance or help, or just to talk.”

After graduating from university, Watson said he threw himself into his work. A provincial MP from 2003 to 2010, he also served as city councillor and provincial cabinet minister.

“As I look back over my life, and in hindsight, not coming out sooner was a big mistake on my part,” he wrote.

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