Lorraine Kelly was almost moved to tears on Monday morning when Rob Rinder described her as an ‘icon’ for accepting him and others in the LGBTQ+ community.
Barrister Robert Rinder, 43, expressed his gratitude to the host of Lorraine for accepting him as he was at a time when LGBTQ+ people were marginalised and discriminated against.
He explained: ‘We forget that not long ago it was quite difficult to come out, being gay was cloaked in shame, and there weren’t many people out there that we could reach to that we knew, both in reality but also intuitively, would accept us.
‘You’ve been a champion for our community and you did it at a time when it wasn’t popular, you did it at a time when when it required real courage and you never ever compromised.’
With Robert describing Lorraine, 61, as an ‘icon’, she declared: ‘You’re going to make me cry!’
The broadcaster went on to say she believed the world was quickly becoming a more open and accepting place, with people changing their ways for the better.
Robert described Lorraine as an ‘icon’ for how she responded to him and other LGBTQ+ people (Picture: ITV)
She said: ‘We just have to be less judgmental and I think the way the world is going, we just have to be that way. It’s becoming uncomfortable.’
Judge Rinder, who shared his coming out story with Metro.co.uk last month for Pride week, was on Lorraine to talk about his new six-part Classic FM series which started on Sunday.
On listening to classical music, he said: ‘There’s a moment when we can stop, sit and reflect. Regardless of who you are, who you love, we can stop, sit and listen. It’s an international shared language.’
Former Strictly Come Dancing contestant Robert is at the helm of Robert Rinder’s Classical Passions, with the star sharing his passion for music each episode.
The ‘personal’ series features works by composers Tchaikovsky and Benjamin Britten who were also gay.
Robert, along with a number of other stars, has also told his story of coming out and personal acceptance for a short film available online and ITV Hub for people who may be struggling with their identity as part of pride month in July.
He wrote on Instagram: ‘Across July, @ITV will be publishing six shorts online and on ITV Hub from myself, @ladyphyll, @drranj, @mspaigeycakey @tiakofi and @riyadhk.
‘Our videos will feature LGBT+ role models sharing personal stories of coming out, self-acceptance and advice for young members of the community who may be struggling with their identity. Search ITV #MyPride.’
Lorraine airs weekdays at 9am on ITV.
Credit: Original article published here.