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  1. Justin Hinchcliffe 13 Apr 2011, 6:07pm

    Good luck to them – Labour has no monopoly on the gay vote!

  2. Matthew Sephton only ever appears to praise the Tories.

    Whaty is LGBTory doing to introduce marriage equality?

    |What is this Tory couple doing for marriage equality.

    Nothing I suspect given that 1 half of the couple was involved in founding the homophobic Stonewall group (whose leader Ben Summerskill was caught engaging in a homophobic campaign against LGBT equality, yet who remains as head of Stonewall. Proving that Stonewall is no friend of LGBT equality.)

    1. de Villiers 13 Apr 2011, 9:55pm

      Chanting the same mantra again and again that Stonewall is homophobic does not make it true.

      You are like one of those typical English people who when not understood, just say the same thing more and more loudly.

      1. It does make it true.

        Ben Summerskill – the leader of Stonewall – was caught red-handed at the LibDem party conference last year campaigning against marriage equality. He remains in his job at Stonewal.

        Why has Ben Summerskill not been sacked for his homophobia?

        Clearly because Stonewall agrees with him and does not believe in LGBT equality.

        Summerskill needs to be sacked and Stonewall should be replaced with an accountable group that believes in LGBT equality.

    2. ah yes, i remember his and stonewalls campaign against gay marraige then massive u-turn. useless group.

  3. I could be wrong about this, but Neil Fletcher and John Stewart, the first couple to get a Civil Partnership in Aberdeen (if not Scotland) were elected as councillors to Aberdeen City Council at the last election. Whilst they were councillors before their partnership they were re-elected as civil partners.

    1. concerned resident of E3 14 Apr 2011, 7:00am

      you are correct. They were sitting LibDem councillors in 2005 when they were one of the first couples in Scotland to be civilly partnered:

      they were then reelected in 2007 under a system of proportional representation and are still sitting councillors.

      I guess the headline to this article should be qualified to just England.

      1. They were sitting councillors pre-partnership and not in the same ward though, yes?

    2. David Boothroyd 14 Apr 2011, 2:10pm

      Simon Milton (who died on Monday) and Robert Davis were both elected councillors in Lancaster Gate ward at successive elections from 1990 to 2006, while being partners. True, they did not enter into a civil partnership until 2007.

  4. Vote for a party that has homophobic Baroness Warsi as it chairman?
    Vote for a party that funnels money away from worthwhile institutions and towards homophobic ones, such as the salvation army and the catholic church?

    I think not, I dont care how many gays they use in advertising ploys, all the time they empower anti gay organisations I wil NEVER vote for them.

    1. de Villiers 13 Apr 2011, 9:56pm

      Well there we go. Never means never.

      1. actually if you read my comment I said never as along as they empower homophobic institutions.

  5. Helen Wilson 13 Apr 2011, 8:43pm

    Good luck to the Green party candidates in Brighton and Hove, the only party that stands for full LGBT equality in the local elections.

    1. de Villiers 13 Apr 2011, 9:57pm

      That may be true. But by becoming a mass in the major parties there is more likely to be favourable change in Parliament.

      1. Helen Wilson 14 Apr 2011, 11:05am

        This is a local election it has nothing to do with parliament. The Greens are a party to be contended with in Brighton & Hove and with a bit of luck they could kick out the lazy big three who carve up politics and do nothing they say they will.

  6. Well done. Anyone who’s openly gay and stands for election is very brave (Look at the attacks they get even from other gay people here.)

    1. Are you suggesting that gay people should support other gay people simply because they are gay?


      Why doesn’t Matt Sephton and his absurd LGBTory Group not support LGBT people,

      Why does Stonewall keep Ben Summerskill – a man who believes LGBT people are 2nd class citizens when it comes to marriage rights – as its leader.

      I refuse to support a gay person or group which does not support me.

  7. liked them up until i found out they were tories

  8. Gay tories useful fcuking idiots

  9. Jock S. Trap 14 Apr 2011, 9:09am

    This is good and good for Brighton]

    Good luck to them.

    1. I’d prefer to have a straight person who believes in equality, than a gay Tory (especially one who used to work for the Stonewall Traitors’ Group) , to represent me.

      1. Jock S. Trap 15 Apr 2011, 9:26am

        Only change came come from accepting. It thats what it takes then I feel thats better.

  10. I remember being at a City Council count for elections in Southampton some years ago. A gay Tory couple stood there, in what turned out to be a pretty unwinnable ward for the party.

    When they went up on the platform for the declaration from the Returning Officer the local Labour activists wolf-whistled and jeered homophobic abuse at them.

    1. At least the Labour Party as a whole does not have the history of sickening homophobia that the Tories do.

      Have a look at the voting records of current Tory Ministers on gay issues,

      Little Willie Hague is so classless that he discussed his childless wife’s innards, to try to deflect attention from his bedroom-sharing shenanigans with his male staff (and Little Willie has an appalling voiting record).

      Theresa May was stripped of the Equalities brief when she became Home Secretary thanks to her sickeningly homophobic voting record.

      As for that toff ‘Call Me Dave’ – what’s his voting record like?

      1. “His childless wife’s innards”? Has “Saw IV” been released on dvd already?! Anyhow perhaps Chuckster’s point is that there may be a lot of people Tory bashing on here but when it comes to gay equality no political party is whiter than white..well apart from the BNP if we’re talking skin tone.

        1. Jock S. Trap 15 Apr 2011, 9:26am


  11. There fighting to win for the party who wants to scrap the equality act !!(see Tory website) I hope they feel proud!!

    1. Jock S. Trap 15 Apr 2011, 9:28am


  12. I have never voted Conservative and can’t imagine ever doing so, unless, for example, the alternative were the BNP. But this is not really because of their bad history on lgbt rights. It is because they basically represent the interests of the wealthy and powerful against the rest and now do so more blatantly than at any other time in modern history.
    Attacking out lgbt Tory politicians is futile and destructive because making our rights a party issue justifies homophobia on a tribal basis and undermines lgbt members of historically homophobic parties who are at least trying to change things where they are.
    But I of course still oppose the Tories.

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