Mayor Jim Watson of the Canadian capital Ottawa came out publicly on Saturday. In a piece submitted to the Ottawa Citizen , he writes: "I'm gay. Well, that's out. It took me almost four decades to pronounce these words, but as they say, better late than never."

In the article, Watson explains why it took so long: he spent all his time in his career and nobody ever asked about it.

The only time the man was asked if he was gay, someone else said that it didn't matter to anyone, the mayor said.

The fact that Watson has now come out at the age of 58 is due to homophobic comments he has heard in recent years. He thinks it is a shame that he did not dare before. "Because of my reluctance, I have not been able to live my life as lovingly and adventurously as my gay friends who were more brave than me."

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau praises Watson for his story: "Brave words that will inspire the people of Ottawa and all Canadians to be themselves."

Ottawa is located in southeastern Canada in the province of Ontario. The city has a population of more than one million inhabitants.

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