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David Cameron supports Stonewall anti-bullying campaign

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In a statement to PinkNews.co.uk, David Cameron gave his support to Stonewall’s anti-bullying campaign, saying:

I’m pleased to support Stonewall’s Education for All campaign. November’s anti-bullying week gives us the opportunity to highlight the prevalence of homophobic bullying in our schools and the impact it has on young people’s lives.

More needs to be done to tackle bullying in all its forms and I fully support Stonewall’s campaigning to combat the problem.

He joins Boris Johnson, the Conservative Mayor of London, in supporting the campaign, whose slogan is simply “Some people are gay.  Get over it!”

On top of this, the Tories just ran an out-lesbian in the Glasgow North East   by-election, and in July David Cameron apologised for the Tory role in passing and maintaining Section 28.  And true, not a single Tory voted to eliminate the House of Lords amendment to Clause 61 of the Coroners and Justice Bill, which read

For the avoidance of doubt, the discussion or criticism of sexual conductor practices or the urging of persons to refrain from or modify such conduct or practices shall not be taken of itself to be threatening or intended to stir up hatred.

But, as a gay  man, I am proud the Tories stood up–not against gay people, but for freedom of speech.

The fact is, the Tories have changed.  They’re no longer the party they were 20, 10, or even 5 years ago.  LGBT Britons concerned with the economy, crime, Afghanistan, and corruption in Westminster should seriously consider voting Conservative at the next election.  Don’t buy into the old adage that Tories are homophobic.  This isn’t 1988.

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  1. Neither Stonewall nor the Tories support equal marriage, so I suppose this is a marriage made in heaven.

    I don’t believe the Tories are homophobic. But I also don’t believe they support equal rights, nor does Labour. The Lib Dems are admittedly lukewarm on the subject but at least Nick Clegg has acknowledged that there is still a ways to go before there is real equality under the law in this country.

    Just because a party isn’t homophobic doesn’t mean a person who believes in liberty or freedom can support them.

    Jae

    November 13, 2009 at 11:15 pm

    • Jae, the one thing I can say to that is to be thankful, at least for now, in what you’ve got. Whilst I agree that equal marriage is the only path to true equality, coming from a place that has neither gay marriage nor civil partnerships–and constitutionally eliminated the possibility of having either–I’d settle for civil partnerships.

      Full marriage equality will happen in Britain. It’s just going to take the Scots to blaze the trail, per the usual. Then, maybe, Westminster will jump on the bandwagon. I wouldn’t be surprised if we see it happen before the end of the next decade.

      skylarjordan

      November 14, 2009 at 8:19 pm

  2. My god, I’ve never read a more naive piece. The current bloody equalities minister voted against equalising the age of consent and voted against repeal of section 28; as did many of her colleagues.

    Add this to the links Cameron has made with far-right homophobic parties in Poland and Latvia. A few weeks ago the woman who set up the LGBT wing of the Tory party reisgned from the party saying she’d been conned.

    You’re right, this isn’t 1988. It’s 2010, and most of the Tory party is still homophobic. A few kind words don’t change that.

    Mathieu

    May 27, 2010 at 3:07 pm

    • Mathieu,

      Theresa May recently expressed her support for such measures as repealing Section 28 and equalising the age of consent, and said she would vote in the affirmative on gay rights legislation in the future, when questioned by David Dimbleby on Question Time. The Conservative Party is rapidly evolving, along with the rest of Britain, in regards to its attitudes toward LGBT rights.

      The Liberal Democrats also have some odious allies in the European Parliament, and Labour is not exactly blemish free.

      Anastasia Beaumont-Bott did leave the Conservative Party recently. I know Ms Beaumont-Bott and have immense respect for her and her right to her own opinions. Whilst I have not abandoned my support for the Conservatives, I recognise some of the concerns she has publicly expressed, though I myself have never experienced nor witnessed homophobia within the Party. I admit Ms Beaumont-Bott would be better positioned to know than I, but I have dealt with many Tories throughout the years and have found nothing but welcoming, supporting attitudes–especially in the last three or four.

      Like the rest of the country, the Tories are a party which is changing. Has it changed completely yet? Of course not. The old guard is still around, and their attitudes have changed little. But leaders like David Cameron and Boris Johnson are carrying the party forward, which is cause for optimism. I roundly believe that this Prime Minister–and his cabinet–will be supportive of gay people and gay rights.

      skylarjordan

      May 27, 2010 at 3:17 pm


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