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Boris Johnson: ‘London should be the benchmark for LGBT equality’

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  1. It is a shame Boris couldn’t attend but thanks for the message. Very positive and forward thinking.

    1. Staircase2 2 Jul 2011, 3:19am

      lol you work for them don’t you…..
      But you’re right – regardless of WHY politicians say what they say about LGBTQ rights, the fact that they DO say positive things brings about positive changes to society.
      ALL LGBTQ rights stand on the shoulders of the politicians, teachers, artists, celebrities and citizens who were brave enough to stand up for themselves and each other.
      Shining a positive light on LGBTQ people undoes the years of darkness we have historically endured.
      The new challenge is to do the same for the rest of the world whilst keeping ontop of equality issues here at home.

      1. Jock S. Trap 2 Jul 2011, 9:12am

        “lol you work for them don’t you…..”

        Typical immature response staircase.

    2. EDL Supporter 4 Jul 2011, 2:13pm

      What a joke. Tories and Labour have stood by whilst East London was de-gayed over a 20 year period. It went from being multi-cultural to being a mono-cultural ghetto. Boris and Ken both go sucking up to muslims at the East London Temple of Homophobia.

      Tel Aviv is far more gay-friendly than London. I’ve never been anywhere in the world where I’ve seen so many same-sex people walking hand in hand or kissing in restaurants.

      The only “safe” place for gay people in London is Soho, and step out of that little ghetto into Trafalgar Square, and you’re as likely to be murdered by some low-life scum.

  2. I’m so glad Boris no longer thinks being in a gay relationship is like beastiality.

    1. I agree, but points to a rather schizoid position from Boris on matters of LGBT equality

    2. Boris Johnson has failed abysmally to stand up for LGBT Londoners – Front line hate crime services are threatened with cuts as homophobic hate crime is on the rise what does he do? Cut policing and sit silent whilst his Tory Party leaders in Downing st excercise brutal cuts. it THAT your benchmark for the rest of the world? If Ken was in City Hall he would have put up a fight against the Tories, just as he did in the GLC against Thatcher. THAT did become a benchmark because he took a stand for LGBT rights that was serious, meaningful and had a national impact. He did the same in city hall when put in the civil partnership register, fought the tories who tried to ban rainbow flags in westminster, supported the central london pride route and banned ads from a travel company who had discriminatory policies towards gay couples. Boris has delivered what? A pink stetson? Great benchmark.

  3. Pinknews – Please correct the subtitle. It should read “hat” not “hate”. Unless you’re trying to tell us something.

  4. “I want London to be the benchmark for LGBT equality….” benchmark compared to what…..other countries where LGBT people do have full equality or countires which are a little behind us?

    1. Staircase2 2 Jul 2011, 3:21am

      I’m assuming he means ‘what the rest of the world should be aiming for’

  5. Not living in London myself, but surely there are similar or better cities which support the gay community, in particularly manchester? Tell me why London is better?

    1. Staircase2 2 Jul 2011, 3:22am

      It’s bigger and Boris is the Mayor of it! lol – I don’t see how ‘better than’ comes into it……

  6. Boris Johnson hasn’t (yet) committed to marriage for gay people. But the LibDems have promised this by 2015. Let’s hope their candidate will march on and with Pride.

    1. Staircase2 2 Jul 2011, 3:27am

      As I have said elsewhere, aside from the Marriage issue being one of understandable and laudable equality, I’m not that sure why pushing for ‘marriage’ per se is a good use of LGBTQ resources. (Can someone please explain why Civil Partnerships are actually in real terms different?)
      (Of course this is spoken from the viewpoint of not thinking that marriage per se is a good or necessary institution for str8 people either…..)
      And the idea of voting on a London Mayor simply based on whether they support gay marriage seems a little odd to me. There are all kinds of reasons why someone wouldn’t necessarily believe that pushing gay marriage is a worthwhile use of resources – it doesn’t have to mean they are not supportive of LGBTQ issues.

      1. Charles Gormley 2 Jul 2011, 12:22pm

        Civil partnerships cannot be dissolved on the basis of adultery, only ‘unreasonable behaviour’. Civil partnerships cannot take place in religious institutions, nor have any religious content of any kind in the ceremony. I don’t have any desire to marry myself, but for some people, these are real, and significant differences. Also, I think on a symbolic level, if we called marriage in the minority ethnic community something else, we would find it intolerable. If, in the eyes of the government, and the citizens, Marriage and Civil Partnership are the same, then why do they have to have different names?

  7. Easy words, Johnson – so why aren’t you appearing at this “important community celebration” then?

  8. Jock S. Trap 2 Jul 2011, 9:10am


    Good for Boris!!

    Happy Pride Everyone!!


  9. He’s appeared at previous Pride marches @Rehan so you should give him the benefit of the doubt on this occasion and assume he has other things to do on that date. I wonder what subgenre of gay stereotype Boris fits into. He’s too clean shaven to be a bear, too ‘married to a woman’ to be a sugar daddy.

    1. Jock S. Trap 2 Jul 2011, 11:15am

      Indeed and last year he did voice his support for marriage Equality.

  10. London, the benchmark for equality? Really, Boris? I’ll believe that when I see the overhwelming majority of Tories declaring support for full marriage equality. Obviously he ignores 10 countries who are ahead of us, and more recently what happened in New York state last friday, a state that had no legal unions for gay couples at the state level but went directly for marriage because it knew that anything less was not equal.

    serenity, Nick Clegg can say whatever he wants. He can’t promise marriage equality by 2015, unless the Tories agree and that hasn’t happened yet. They may not.

    1. There won’t be much equality in evidence under this lot, they’re already tinkering with the equality Act.

  11. George Broadhead 4 Jul 2011, 9:28am

    Boris just can’t win, can he? No matter how positive and supporting of LGBT rights he is, there is always some carping. I was at the first Pride reception he gave at City Hall after he became mayor and, like many others present, was very impressed with the rousing speech he gave.

  12. The Automaton computes a few digits once again from its limited data bank of banality
    Nothing new there then!!!

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