‘Proud to be gay’ say X Factor contestants

UK X Factor favorite Lucy Spraggan has spoken of her pride at helping gay people feel more at ease

‘Proud to be gay’ say X Factor contestants
02 October 2012

UK X Factor favorite Lucy Spraggan has spoken of her pride at helping gay people feel more at ease as this year’s competition sees two talented lesbians through to the live shows.

Spraggan claims her sexuality came as no surprise to her family as she openly admitted she was gay after her first audition.

The 21-year-old, from Buxton in Derbyshire, told British newspaper Metro: ‘I’ve always been “out”.

‘I was never really “in”.

‘Saying I was gay was like saying “I’m going to the shop”, there was no shock.

‘I’m proud my X Factor fame is helping gay fans come out.’

The singing sensation, who wowed judges with her own songs about an ex-girlfriend on the show, has revealed that fans have got in contact with her and told her how they found strength from her honesty to tell their family they are gay too.

‘For me, to have helped someone come out is the biggest compliment ever,’ she added.

Spraggan will join girl group rival, Jade Ellis, 25, also openly gay, in the live shows starting on Saturday (6 October).

Ellis says her focus is on educating her six-year-old daughter, Caiden, about how it’s normal for a woman to have a girlfriend.

‘I’ve had very ignorant people shout out “lesbian” in the street, but it’s not a derogatory thing to me,’ she said.

Watch The X Factor live on ITV1, Saturday at 8pm.

HAVE YOUR SAY

MORE TOP STORIES

No thumbnail available

Ellen DeGeneres reveals why it might be 'too risky' for her to become a parent

'What if I don't like the kid? What if it turns out that it's not as cute as I wanted or as talented?'
No thumbnail available

Seth Rogen and James Franco share three-way kiss with Nick Kroll to celebrate release of The Interview

Sony decides on small Christmas Day release for film that was target of North Korean cyber hacking attack
No thumbnail available

Meet the Russian gay couple who got married in the fiercest way possible

Trans woman and her wife want to change attitudes in Russia
No thumbnail available

Jessie J 'healthy and happy' despite fears

Bisexual singer and The Voice coach Jessie J insists heavy workload isn't harming her health
No thumbnail available

What does pride mean to you?

Make a five-word contribution to a Pride celebration in Beijing
No thumbnail available

Nathaniel Johnston: ‘We want to promote a culture of openness and authenticity’

Johnstone, an NHS Leadership & Talent Programme Manager, reflects on the importance of role models, and encouraging people to be themselves at work
No thumbnail available

The secret censorship stopping you seeing gay websites

Companies you have never heard of are busy blacklisting LGBTI websites – and in doing so they may be breaking equality laws
No thumbnail available

Gay boxer Orlando Cruz on coming out and what his future holds

'I will do my best to not disappoint the gay audience'
No thumbnail available

Malaysian Speaker urged to explain reasons for keeping LGBT lawmakers

House Speaker Pandikar Amin Mulia recently came under fire for turning down a motion to bar free-sex practitioners and LGBTs
No thumbnail available

Republicans try to ban gay marriage in the army

A new bill by members of the Republican party attempts to ban same-sex marriage in military bases