BBC North West Tonight weatherman shares coming out story as part of LGBTQ+ History Month

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by David Prior

BBC North West Tonight weather presenter Owain Wyn Evans has shared his coming out story as part of a collection of stories to mark LGBTQ+ History Month.

To mark the launch of the collection, Evans - also well known for his drumming skills - is presenting a special series of interviews throughout this week.

He shares his own coming out journey and the challenges he faced, and talks to other across the region - including a 24-year-old rugby player from Lancashire and a 67-year-old woman from the Wirral - about their different experiences of coming out.

The series also explores the story of a transgender woman living in rural Cumbria and speaks to a member of the congregation of one of the only churches in the country that is specifically designed for the LGBTQ+ community.

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Evans said: “I grew up in the South Wales valleys, an area which is really similar to so many parts of the north of England, an ex-industrial area with a close community… I think that’s why I feel so at home here.

“Growing up in Ammanford as a young gay man was difficult, but I like to think it’s better for people who are in a similar position now – but it’s still not easy. Coming out is a very personal thing and a decision you can only do when you’re ready. You’ll hear from a variety of people in these items, each with an unique story. They really are lovely films.”

Rozina Breen, Head of North for BBC England, added: “We are delighted to mark LGBTQ+ History Month by sharing this collection of hugely powerful and personal content from across local radio, regional television and online which we will continue to add to over time."