The new Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, has said it 'fantastic' that she is an openly gay writer.
At her first conference since accepting the position, she said: 'Sexuality is something that is celebrated now we have civil partnerships and it's fantastic that I'm an openly gay writer, and anyone here or watching the interviews who feels shy or uncomfortable about their sexuality should celebrate and be confident and be happy.
'It's a lovely, ordinary, normal thing.'
The press overall seem to have neglected this, which is perhaps a good thing. She has said that she does not want to be known as a "lesbian poet" as this "limits her."