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  1. Damn!!! I didnt vote for the Cons to get in to government, (I did vote for the Libs though). For once it really feels like the politicians are not just treating the GLBTQ as some tokenistic after thought, but actually are engaging with us as a community. I’m normally a huge cynic when politics mixes with the gay world, but for once I feel really proud of/humbled by what’s happening, I just hope that once the hurdle for religious civil partnerhips gets through that the momentum carries on to allowing full and equal marriage rights.

  2. Token gestures, no substantive changes – pretty speeches but the same hateful people in charge. The Tories showed their dedication to our rights when they made Theresa May Equalities Minister

  3. Sister Mary Clarance 4 Jul 2010, 1:06am

    Entitled to you opinions Sparky, but could you list everything she has done since getting the job?

  4. I know this sounds corny but after 13 year of labour tinkering at the edges and taking years of being in a majority govt to introduce the CP (which in fact was written by lord lester a lib dem) I really do feel that this coalition govt will make much more progress than the last lab govt…. there seems to be a definte hope for gay marriage at last…yes I now there are other issues!

  5. Stuart Neyton 4 Jul 2010, 2:18pm

    “I really do feel that this coalition govt will make much more progress than the last lab govt”

    That’s impossible. Tell me if i’m wrong but the only two legislative things left are gay marriage, ending discrimination in blood donation and wiping the convictions of those charged before homosexuality was legalised off their records.

    Of course, they could be vocal on other issues, like the removal of trans people from the Psychiatric Disorder Register and vocally opposing homophobic regimes (mainly in Africa and the middle east), as well as stop sending back LGBTI asylum seekers fleeing persecution and combating homophobic bullying.

    The last Labour government made almost all the progress on LGBT rights with equality in the age of consent, open military service, scrapping section 28, fertility rights for lesbians, same-sex (and single parent) adoption, civil partnerships as well as anti-discrimination laws. Even if the conservatives do all that’s left it still wouldn’t be as much as everything the last government did.

  6. Patrick James 4 Jul 2010, 3:39pm

    Sister Mary Clarance

    Entitled to you opinions Sparky, but could you list everything she has done since getting the job?

    I think Sister Mary Clarance means could you list everything Theresa May has done against LGBT interests since getting the job?

    But the question itself only illustrates that Sister Mary Clarence really doesn’t understand the issues at stake.

    The Conservative party is advancing the cause of the major religions in the UK by their ‘free schools’ programme.

    That is in action now.

    There is no “listening to stakeholders”, no “consideration of issues” no “its up to the people”.

    David Cameron has explicitly stated his intentions for these “free schools” in this Daily Mail article:

    Why David Cameron Wants Boom in Faith Schools.

    The Conservatives want a boom in faith schools and they are now starting the process to create a boom in faith schools.

    Before the election the Conservatives did a huge amount of work to block legislation designed to ensure faith schools have to include LGBT in sex and relationship education.

    This means that these faith schools will be free to discriminate against LGBT children in their education.

    After the election Theresa May has not made any statements to remedy this. So, the question is not what has she done? but what has she not done?

  7. Patrick James 4 Jul 2010, 3:49pm

    Sparky writes:

    Token gestures, no substantive changes – pretty speeches but the same hateful people in charge. The Tories showed their dedication to our rights when they made Theresa May Equalities Minister

    It would be more impressive if the Conservatives would actually take some action to demonstrate their support for LGBT issues.

    The Conservatives are certainly taking action to further that which they have promised the religious right, that is of course the boom in faith schools.

    This was reported in this Daily Mail article as well as many other places:

    Why David Cameron Wants Boom in Faith Schools.

    The Conservatives have made sure these new faith schools will be free from the hindrance of having to consider LGBT issues in sex and relationship education. They gave this great attention before the election.

    So the contrast is between real action for the religious right and words for the LGBT progressives.

  8. Patrick James 4 Jul 2010, 5:23pm

    I think this is a very good piece in the Guardian:

    Can gay Britain trust the Tories on pink politics?

    Here are a few quotes:

    Theresa May was previously engaged at a parade for troops in her constituency.

    Apparently, it is the first time a top cabinet minister has not attended a Gay Pride march in five years.

    Currently, the gay community is the Gallaghers to Cameron’s Blair – a convenient tool to make him and his colleagues look “with it”. Once the honeymoon is over, and the pink stetsons have disappeared, it will be interesting to see whether the coalition ends up with an LGBT record to match Labour’s.

  9. Sister Mary clarence 4 Jul 2010, 8:16pm

    Patrick, you really need to drop the faith schools/religion thing. It was Tony Blair that pushed that agenda in 2001/2, so why has it taken you so long to become afronted to it.

    Anyway, what happened to the re-introduction of Section 28 that you foretold?

  10. Patrick – I hope you are not suggesting that a gay pride march is more important than a parade for our troops for a cheap political point? Pride is very important, but without our troops.. well.. I shudder to think.

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