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General Election 2010

Campaigners gather for ‘David Cameron’s coming out party’

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  1. I think, that in a way, the fact they gave out free stuff like that, is very rude. It just seems like they don’t care and are treating them like kids.

    I am glad they did this. Conservatives need to either come out with more gay rights policies, or be outed as the biggots they are.

  2. Not a great turn out when looked at from a historical point of view. Which probably suggests that most LGBT people are reasonably happy with progress or completely apathetic and not interested in poiltics.

  3. Patrick James 11 Apr 2010, 6:00pm

    I think it was a good turnout given that the focus of the party was imho a bit vague.

    I’ve been to many civil rights protests of various kinds over the years.

    To get a big crowd you need a very identifiable cause, something which even those who are marginal to the politics of the event will recognise and identify with.

  4. Any Pink-News readers find themselves on the photo? (^_^)

  5. I’m not knocking those who bothered to go. Good on them. But that kind of turnout in central London at a weekend is a sign of the times I reckon. I’ve been to a few LGBT protests in Manchester over the years and these days they attract very few people.

    When I was working in London in 1992, one lunchtime I came across a LGBT protest outside the Palace of Westminster. I shot some video of it. I’ll put the video on my website sometime soon but here are some frame grabs:

    Jimmy Somerville and Andy Bell were there with banners that read ‘sex criminals’ and ‘repeal the soliciting act’. I’m fairly sure this was a weekday lunchtime. More than 200 people I would say.

    In those days it was much harder to be out and visible and to organise things. So I think it shows how our community has become less interested in these issues. It’s only the real hardcore activists who will bother now.

    With cruising areas and cruisers currently targeted more than for years and some of our beloved gay politicians actually onboard with the crackdown how many people would be willing to take to the streets with a banner about an ‘unpopular’ cause like that now? Tory bashing is much safer.

  6. Yeah, that’ll do it. LOL – Hilarious

  7. Blimey. I do wish they would get our flag the right way up!

  8. Also what’s with all the people with sunglasses on? The weather looks overcast. Ashamed to be seen? There are none in my images from 1992.

  9. Hehe, yeah, I hadn’t noticed before. Two of them definitely look like sun-glasses, but for the rest it could be just that photo chromic lenses are more popular now than they were in 1992..?

  10. Regarding the snide sunglasses observation: It was actually quite sunny at certain points outside Conservative HQ where we were standing. I guess you’d have known that if you’d turned up rather than sit and romanticize the early 90s in gay activism. LGBT campaigners are just as active today, those who’ll leave the house that is..

  11. Sorry Davi no way could I afford the train fare down from Manchester for this due to the economic crisis caused by Gordon Brown. And I’m not being flippant… But nor would I have done so anyway, because I want Labour out at all costs and if that means a Conservative government then so be it. But hopefully one with some LibDem influence.

    Were you around in the 1990’s? Doesn’t sound like it. Remind me how many people turned up for the Section 28 rally in Manchester in 1988? A few more than 200 and even the much smaller Liberation 91 march was a lot bigger than that. As you’ll see from the aerial shots of Albert Square in this video:


    So I think 200 at something at the weekend in central London shows how things have declined. Or maybe people saw it as just the latest Labour party stunt like the Hope Not Hate campaign which was also designed to prop up Labour.

    On my website you can see that I am one of a mere handful of LGBT people in Manchester who CAN be bothered to get out and support and publicise various causes.

  12. Yeah sorry davi, I was washing my hair.

  13. Free ice cream? Do they think we are a bunch of pre school kiddies!!!!!!! Free Bolly, darling, and I might consider it (NOT!)

  14. I’m starting to think there are a few thousand activists in this country who get bussed around from one protest in one part of the country to another. You see the same old faces. I have noticed this especially with the anti-fascist protests. Tamsin Omond who organised this was a member of Plane Stupid and one of the people who climbed onto the roof of the House of Commons.

    And to quote Wikipedia: ‘Tamsin Omond is the grand-daughter of Sir Thomas Lees, a baronet’. She graduated from Cambridge University. What a surprise…

  15. From The Telegraph: ‘Miss Omond, of Belsize Park, the granddaughter of Sir Thomas Lees, a fourth generation Dorset baronet and wealthy landowner of the Holton Lee estate…’

    While Ms Omand’s ancestor was sitting in the House of Lords and enjoying his extensive lands, mine was being lowered down a coal mine on a rope in the north-east on a daily basis and the rest of the time was active as a Chartist fighting for the right to vote. That is until he was driven out of the country by the government crack-down. He never returned.

    Sadly we’ve never had any landed gentry in our family which limits the amount of time I can spend being an activist. I wonder why I am less anti-Conservative than Ms Omand?

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