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  1. Patrick James 15 May 2010, 4:06am

    Oh dear…

    Things aren’t going very well, are they?

  2. Pumpkin Pie 15 May 2010, 4:22am

    Whoa. I could see a number like that joining up to denounce someone famous like Baroness Warsi, but I’m impressed that an unknown homophobe is getting so much attention. I’d join if I had a Facebook account.

    The main problem with May is the fact that she voted in line with Tory policy. It’s quite damning for her party that she doesn’t even represent their more bigoted side – she is very much a bog standard Tory.

    Cameron needs to find one of the few people in his party who has consistently voted for our rights (there are a couple – almost every vote has at least one or two party members voting against party policy) and make them Equality Minister. I just wonder if any of these people are senior enough, or even still with the Tories…

  3. Go Away, Theresa May! Is that name Catholic????? Poor thing if it is!!!!!!

  4. BobbetStillTheSame 15 May 2010, 6:34am

    And here another bigoted homophobic: Cristina Odone defending the indefensible and making a sick joke.
    .
    http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/cristinaodone/100039654/theresa-may-is-hated-by-dinosaurs-on-the-left-and-right-good-for-her/

  5. silly billy 15 May 2010, 10:29am

    Can someone start a petition to get rid of the odious Clegg as well; have you read his justification today for becoming Tory? he seems to think he is able to save the planet. Uggghhhh. This is what the Tory voters and the Lib-Dem voters have let us in for. He is more sanctimoniously moralistic than the likes of May.

  6. @Silly billy – Granted I don’t think Clegg has the superhuman ability to save the planet by himself, but is that really a reason to sack someone? “How dare they try to save the earth, the bloody nerve of some people” is not really a rational argument for sacking a politician.
    Or were you planning on moving to Mars?
    Being an equalities minister who doesn’t believe in equality is more of a contentious position, surely?

  7. Sister Mary Clarance 15 May 2010, 11:58am

    Unknown yet whether the woman will embrace the responsibilities of her new role and ensure a fairer and more equal role for everyone, and yet everyone wades in with criticism.

    Perhaps if a few more of you had ensured that your Labour Party cronies has run the country a little more honestly and effectively Ms May wouldn’t be sitting where she was, but you didn’t.

    You argued that black was white, that night was day and that up was down. Denying every criticism of your beloved Labour, that nothing was wrong, that they were good government.

    Most people disagreed.

    How many of you actually challenged your Labour MPs about their performance in relation to the economy, crime, the Health Service, education, jobs, or all the other things there were getting wrong? Probably none. All we got was the same old rhetoric again and again – all the equality legislation (that Europe obliged us to adopt anyway) that they enacted.

    Well clearly it wasn’t enough for most people.

    Perhaps if a few of you had bothered to speak up it might have been just enough to make a difference.

    Blame yourselves. Its your fault!

  8. This is what you get when you vote to keep section 28. But then again, if he sacks everyone who is homophobic, there won’t be much of a party left. And to think there were some gay people who voted for this right wing homophobic party who have put someone into power as equalities minister who has such a bad track record on gay equality. You gay tory voters should be ashamed of yourself, it’s your fault that we have to deal with this.

    Looking forward to seeing how badly the ConDem circus run the country. I do hope those ConDem voters are going to keep their party in check, rather than denying every criticism of their beloved ConDem party that Rupert Murdoch got into power.

  9. Tim Hopkins 15 May 2010, 12:22pm

    Teresa May has a number of junior ministers, and the one for equality is Lynne Featherstone. Of course TM is in charge overall, but Lynne has been one of LGBT equality’s strongest Parliamentary supporters.

    She led (with Evan Harris) on the Equality Bill for the LibDems, and tried to amend it to get all the things we wanted, including explicit protection from homophobic harassment and transphobic harassment in schools, and a protected characteristic of gender identity instead of the narrower gender reassignment, so that all transgender people would be protected.

    It remains to be seen how much she is able to do for LGBT equality within the Home Office and within this new Govt.

  10. silly billy 15 May 2010, 12:53pm

    flapjack; I think I said “as well”. I also think pretending to believe in one set of principles, and getting people to vote for you on those, then changing those principles; and all when you are standing as a member of parliament, is fairly contentious. At least with the Tories you knew you were going to get right-wing religious homophobes. And if Clegg hadn’t enabled their government by duplicity they wouldn’t have been able to give these right wing religious homophobes positions and expect them to keep them for more than six months. As it is, with the help of this vain little man it looks as though they are determined to stay for five years. One can only imagine the damage they will do in that time.

  11. Sign the petition here if you missed the link in the article: http://www.gopetition.co.uk/online/36217.html

  12. I think pretty soon everyone will start ignoring these daft Facebook groups. The fact that 42,000 people moved their mouse a couple of inches and clicked a link means nothing really because it involves almost no effort at all.

  13. If you’re a desperate Labour-voting gay activist and still stamping your foot at having lost the election I’ve created this petition for you to sign demanding that the Tories step down right now and let Labour back into power so they can finish destroying the country:

    http://totally-pointless-petitions.co.uk/bollocks.html

  14. @’flapjack’,well said re:’silly-billy’s asinine comments re:Cleg.
    Theresa May’s appointment is the real issue here and Cameron MUST act now by replacing her with someone more qualified to hold the position.Trouble is,I can’t quite think of anyone in the tory party who IS qualified to take up the post!To appoint someone with a proven track record of voting against gay equality,or any gay issues is rather like appointing the leader of a white supremasist group as equalities minister!Or has that already happened?!

  15. Hmmm, an apologist at No. 7 for homophobia, talk about being in denial. I dare say people like him would vote for Cameron even if he were a homophobe himself as a protest against Labour. Self loathers are plentiful in the Tory party.

  16. Again GS downplays homophobia, people join groups to make a point

  17. how is she for equality yet support section 28 and other homophobia? is it equality like what the christian and the tory right would endorse? equality where it’s only christian homophobes that matter? how can she fight homophobic bullying?

  18. silly billy 15 May 2010, 4:21pm

    “Trouble is,I can’t quite think of anyone in the tory party who IS qualified to take up the post!To appoint someone with a proven track record of voting against gay equality,or any gay issues is rather like appointing the leader of a white supremasist group as equalities minister!Or has that already happened?!”
    And who let them in? PS SupremaCist.

  19. Hodge Podge 15 May 2010, 4:32pm

    Tory voters let them in, basically.

  20. @ GS. We get the message: you think protesting is a waste of time. Nevertheless, I’d be interested to know whether you think Theresa May is an appropriate appointment for Equalities Minister, and what an effective response would be, in your view, for those of us who believe she is a homophobe.

  21. silly billy 15 May 2010, 5:27pm

    Without the support of Clegg they would have been utterly disabled and unable to do anything. His revolting support for this party of right-wing religious homophobes is what is asinine.

  22. how is she for equality yet support section 28 and other homophobia

    She probably believes that all minorities should be discriminated against equally.

  23. Bill Perdue 15 May 2010, 7:04pm

    It’s a very good opening shot across the bow and I hope it works. But what’s needed are some political HE torpedoes in the form of a constant campaign of mass marches. Drive the Tories out of Office ASAP.

    If he dumps it there are lots more bigots in the Tory sewer she slithered out of.

    Twisted Sister says “Blame yourselves. Its your fault!” Why do paid rightwing excusers for bigots blame GLBT folks for our oppression instead of blaming the oppressors?

    Do they actually imagine people fall for that lie?

  24. What a disasterous mess

  25. I am convinced the Tories are wreaking revenge against the Gay community not voting for them….guess who they have found a Special Advisers job for?

    http://redrag1.blogspot.com/2010/05/red-rag-all-round-homophobic-nut-job.html

  26. Pumpkin Pie 16 May 2010, 3:40am

    And here another bigoted homophobic: Cristina Odone defending the indefensible and making a sick joke.
    .
    http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/cristinaodone/100039654/theresa-may-is-hated-by-dinosaurs-on-the-left-and-right-good-for-her/

    Thanks for that link. As usual for the Telegraph, it made for a disgusting read.

    I’ve always been curious about this: do the Tory supporters here gladly embrace the sort of people who inhabit Daily Telegraph comment threads? Read them some time. Homofascism. Militant gays. That’s what they think of any of us who dare to be heard (including you gay Tory voters). One person on this thread even went as far as to say homophobia would be a good reason to stick May in charge of equality.

    Do you gay Tory voters consider these repugnant scumbags to be kindred spirits? Or do you claim the readers of publications like the Daily Telegraph and the Spectator make up an unrepresentative sample of reprehensible old dinosaurs? I’d be fascinated to know where all the down-to-Earth, reasonable Tory supporters hang out.

    Please, someone answer me, because I have asked this a few times in the past. I really do want to know.

  27. Pumpkin Pie 16 May 2010, 3:48am

    Ha! And there’s even someone in that thread who found a way to bash the columnist for being too much of a “lefty”! Oh, that stuff is hilarious. Tory fans are such vicious types that not a single column can get past them without somebody accusing the writer, no matter how fascist they sounded, to secretly be a dirty lefty. Always makes me laugh how those writers get served a dose of their own medicine for their trouble. :)

  28. Patrick James 16 May 2010, 4:34am

    Red Rag writes:

    I am convinced the Tories are wreaking revenge against the Gay community not voting for them….guess who they have found a Special Advisers job for?

    and supplies this link:

    Red Rag – All Round Homophobic Nut Job

    That is absolutely stunning!

    The total duplicity of the Conservatives never ceases to amaze me. I remember very well the grotesque dishonesty of the VAT rises in ’79 and ’92 (they said they wouldn’t).

    However this is so complete in its contempt for the electorate.

    Before the election we were being told, endlessly, by the Conservatives that their attitudes had changed but this was a complete lie to get votes.

    To be honest I don’t think Philippa Stroud would have been allowed anywhere near earlier administrations in this way.

  29. Homophobe Philippa Stroud given top job
    TOP JOB FOR TORY RELIGIOS EXTREMIST
    here:
    http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/top-stories/2010/05/16/top-job-for-tory-in-gay-cure-row-115875-22261578/

  30. “…an agenda on equalities across the whole range of equalities.””

    Would that be teh agenda on teh equaliteez where some people are more equal than others on teh range of teh equaliteez?;)

  31. I am also concerned about the appointment of the religious right to key/influential positions – e.g. Ian Duncan Smith as Work and Pensions secretary and his appointment of Philipa Stroud as special advisor (she believes gay people are possessed by demons); Baroness Warsi is homophobic and supported Section 28; Eric Pickles also has a homophobic voting record and is not suitable as communities sec.

    Thanks goodness for Lynne Featherstone!!

  32. If the coalition wants to send out a more positive message, they could fly rainbow flags from all UK embassies to mark IDAHO – International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia – tomorrow 17th May.

  33. This is just silly. Fancy expecting a Tory administration to put cuddly bunnies in the top ministerial offices, or even to have many available to fill the jobs. We just have to make sure that supposedly ‘born again’ pink friendly Tory politicians are under sharp scrutiny.
    My real worry is whether the LibDems will be able to keep them on a suitably short leash and not be destroyed by them in the medium and long term.

  34. David Cameron has appointed Theresa May as Home Secretary and Equalities Minister, Ian Duncan Smith as Work and Pensions Secretary and Philipa Stroud as his Special Advisor, Eric Pickles as Communities Secretary and Baroness Warsi as Chairman of the Conservative Party and Minister without Portfolio in his first Cabinet.

    All of these people have records of voting against equal rights for gay and trans people. In some cases they have advocated and voted to reduce the rights of gay and trans people.

    Is it fair to entrust these people with responsibility for social policy? Can they be trusted to act fairly and provide equal opportunities for all, or will their religious beliefs prevent them from allowing gay people or people with different beliefs to live their lives with equal opportunities and without harassment?

    Personally, I doubt that Theresa May is committed to equality when she has repeatedly voted against gay rights except where the party whip has instructed her to vote along party lines.

    I also think it is undemocratic for Ian Duncan Smith to appoint Philipa Stroud as his personal advisor when she lost her election and has been discredited for saying that gay and transsexual teenagers were possessed by demons and attempting to exorcise them. Questions should be asked about the appropriateness of this appointment when Ian Duncan Smith and Philipa Stroud jointly run the Centre for Social Justice – is this nepotism? Will there be contracts for favoured religious organisations to deliver back to work schemes?

    It is looking suspiciously like ‘The Big Society’ is actually a plan to cut public services for vulnerable young and old people, homeless people, people in debt, people with addictions etc so that contracts can be given to religious voluntary organisations that will deliver services more cheaply but will actively proselytise and cast judgement (or damnation?) on service users.

    Personally, I am extremely pleased that there are Liberal Democrat MPs in the Cabinet to moderate the intolerant instincts of these right wing Tories. I am encouraged by the negotiating ability of the Lib Dem team in forming a coalition that gave significant concessions to the Liberal Democrats. However, it is clear that David Cameron and chief negotiator William Hague had to make concessions to the Conservative religious right in order to broker the coalition within their own party. I sincerely hope that the LGBT community has not been cast as the ‘sacrificial lamb’ in the interests of ‘the greater good’.

    A lot of responsibility rests on Lynne Featherstone’s shoulders as the Under Secretary for Equalities in Theresa May’s team. I know that Lynne has an unsurpassed understanding and commitment to equal rights for LGBT people and other minorities. She has my admiration and best wishes for her new role. I hope that she will have the full backing of Liberal Democrat Cabinet members when social policies are being decided.

    I thank goodness and the electorate that the Lib Dems are in this coalition Government rather than their being an unmoderated and immoderate Conservative Government.

  35. Lib Dems are apparently banning TV channels from covering their conference in Birmingham this afternoon. Not a principle decision, but probably a sign of the way that party is heading.

  36. What the Lib Dems will do to support LGBT rights – see here

  37. Bill No. 23… good point! Even if Cameron and his gang were blatantly antigay and many are under that fake veneer of so called “equality support” just to garner votes, apologists for May et al would still support him. There’s nothing worse and harmful to the LGBT movement than a closeted self loather who votes for and supports his or her own oppressors. Beyond sick!

  38. Patrick James 16 May 2010, 4:57pm

    Christina has written a thoughtful posting about the Conservative/Lib-Dem coalition. My feeling is that the “pro-coalition” Lib-Dems often don’t see that the Conservative party themselves don’t think they are in a coalition. The Conservative party believes that it won the election despite the facts and so there is no sense within the Conservative party that they are actually in a coalition.

  39. Father Tafferty O'Cavity 16 May 2010, 5:46pm

    Maybe a gay couple could adopt her and see to it that she gets proper exercise, nutrition and grooming so that she can lose her double chin and lifeless helmet hair.

  40. Sister Mary Clarance 16 May 2010, 8:12pm

    Well all you staunchly anti-Conservative brigade will have your opportunity to have your say on all of these issues at the ballot box in 4-5 years time.

    As it currently stands the British public have voted and the Conservatives secured the most votes.

    The Lib Dems of course had a second bite at the apple so to speak and elected to throw their support behind the Tories, so in some ways it like Labour lost the election twice.

    As I said before if a few of you Labour lapdogs had had the balls to stand up and say that some of the things Labour were doing were wrong, perhaps they could have been steered on track, but you didn’t. Take some responsibility for the direction your party too (that being down of course). Almost to a man you followed them blindly accepting everything they did as being the best solution, as the country spiraled towards ruin.

    They lied to us, they robbed as, and they destroyed the economy.

    The Tories will not be perfect, but more importantly they will not be Labour.

  41. So there’s a homophobic government and the best mary can do is say the tories will not be perfect. What an idiot.
    Labour wouldn’t have been perfect, but at least they wouldn’t be the homophobic tory party.

  42. Sister Mary Clarance 17 May 2010, 12:12am

    Jay 6pac – can you list three things the Tories and their Lib Dem partners have actually done since taking over the government?

    Rounded up all the quuers?

    Annulled civil partnerships?

    Burnt down all the saunas and gay clubs?

    (and if I could just clarify, appointing someone to a government post that you don’t like isn’t homophobic)

    You had you vote, you lost.

    I take it you’re another one of these people too stupid to realise that Europe gave you equality not NuLabour.

    Its a waste of time actually discussing it frankly – too stupid to understand in most cases and got no interest in learning.

  43. silly billy 17 May 2010, 1:24am

    Sister Mary Claptrap, for one thing, they have probably got rid of you. You just don’t know that that has happened yet; god love you when you awaken from your daft paralysis and realise you are just not “here”. The Tories (and their disgusting Lib-Dem lickers) have appointed right-wing religious fanatics to posts that will affect me and you and you are stupid enough to spend time on here having a go at me and mine. Duuuhhhhhh. Get it when you can…….

  44. silly billy 17 May 2010, 1:32am

    Hey, SMC, you really are the brightest in a tin of buttons. Not. You will appreciate that the Tories with their gob-smackingly awful creeping Gollum-like Cl-Egg will be absolutely dreadful as there is no way that these people, who are defending their own rights of inheritance as they see it, can be any different. You are very aggressive in your posts. Do you thik you should ask for counselling or something?

  45. silly billy 17 May 2010, 1:42am

    “@’flapjack’,well said re:’silly-billy’s asinine comments re:Cleg.
    Theresa May’s appointment is the real issue here and Cameron MUST act now by replacing her with someone more qualified to hold the position.Trouble is,I can’t quite think of anyone in the tory party who IS qualified to take up the post!To appoint someone with a proven track record of voting against gay equality,or any gay issues is rather like appointing the leader of a white supremasist group as equalities minister!Or has that already happened?!”

    Duuhhhhhh. “Aren’t I daft??!!! “I love to use the word asinine since I learnt it, and apply it to everyone who desn’t agree with my absolutely Thicko viewpoint. Funnily enough, it makes me feel tall. ‘scuse me I have to clear my throat. Duuuuuhhhhhhhh.

  46. Sister Mary Clarance 17 May 2010, 4:45am

    Silly billy (well the name certainly fits) maybe it isn’t always about you mate.

    “…. have appointed right-wing religious fanatics to posts that will affect ME”

    “…. having a go at me and mine ….”

    Stands to reason you’d be quite happy with a party that shamelessly duped the gay vote (or the stupid part of it anyway). Firstly, all you seem to care about is YOU, and second of course you’re STUPID.

    Labour re-branded European equalities legislation and claimed it for their own, they screwed the economy, the NHS, education, crime and disorder, jobs, energy, the welfare state, the armed forces, British industry and immigration

    No matter though.

    In me, me, me world you only care about one thing and are to vacuous to actually find out who was responsible for the equalities legislation in the first place. None of the others affect gay people anyway do they?

    If they were giving out gold stars for being a moron mate – you’d be glowing

  47. silly billy 17 May 2010, 9:34am

    “Blame yourselves. Its your fault!” said Pope Benedict to his best friend Sister Mary Clarence on the announcement of her stupidity.
    Blame culture. Disturbingly right-wing religious nonsense.

  48. guys grow up smc is a bnp troll stop taking the bait ffs make these boards useful.

  49. Teresa May was a guest at a dinner of TORCHE. The Tory campaign for homosexual equality. She isn’t a homophobe.

  50. Found the link! http://www.torche.gb.org Look under events in 2003.

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