Angela Eagle is a British Labour Party politician who has been the Member of Parliament(MP) for Wallasey since the 1992 general election.
In 1997 she came out as a lesbian in a newspaper interview making her the second openly lesbian MP since Maureen Colquhoun in the 1970s.
In September 2008, Eagle entered into a civil partnership with Maria Exall who is also involved in the Labour Party through the National Committee. She was placed in the top 50 of The Independent’s “Pink List” for 2009 of the 101 most influential gays and lesbians in Britain.
On June 25, 2019, Eagle delivered a passionate speech at the House of Commons defending the rights of children to learn about LGBT+ rights saying, “we are not going back in the closet.”
“We know that the motivations of some of those involved in this are reactionary and they are to return us to an era where LGBT people should get back in the closet and hide and be ashamed of the way they are,” she began.
We aren’t going to get back in the closet, or hide, or be ashamed of the way we are.
And nor are we going to allow a generation of pupils that are now in school to go through what the pupils in the 80s had to go through because this chamber let them down.
“And nor are we going to allow this to happen in the name of religion,” she added.
Eagle was speaking out against protests over LGBT+ teaching in Birmingham.
Her speech was hailed online as showing the fundamental importance of representation in political spaces.