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Pride of Britain

It’s a headline you should be used to after the past few weeks. In the wake of all the post-Brexit confusion, “Pride of Britain” is a phrase the daily rags latched on to as a means to celebrate the phenomenal success of the Team GB athletes at this year’s Olympic Games in Rio, in which we placed an incredible second out of 207 nations. Callum Skinner, a 24-year-old Scottish cyclist and self-confessed “leftie Guardian reader” was one of those athletes, winning a gold medal in the men’s team sprint and a silver in the men’s individual sprint. But around Callum’s family home in Edinburgh, the word “pride” takes on a slightly different meaning…
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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT BROTHER ROY, OLYMPIAN CALLUM, FATHER SCOTT AND STEPDAD DONALD

“It was actually Callum that outed me,” laughs 53-year-old Scott Reid-Skinner, proud dad to Olympic gold and silver medallist Callum Skinner. “He was six at the time, we were driving along the road one day, he turned to me and went, ‘Are you gay, dad?’ I went, ‘Yeah.’ And he just replied, ‘Oh right. What’s for tea?’”

That was the moment Callum found out his dad was gay. His younger brother Roy would come out around ten years later. And a little before that, Scott would marry Donald, adding a stepdad to the household.

Callum doesn’t quite remember his dad Scott’s story, though, in the same way he can’t recall a time when his dad wasn’t openly gay.

“My parents split up when I was quite young and I don’t remember a time when they were together,” Callum explains, as we meet the family after a big celebration of his Olympic success just a couple of weeks after the Rio closing ceremonies. “And by that same token,

I don’t remember a time that dad wasn’t gay. People often think that when your dad comes out, your house turns into a bad cabaret and glitter comes down from the ceiling. I mean, he did have a disco ball in the hall… But he was always just my dad and that was it.

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