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Group fears ‘undesirable gays’ at Olympics event

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  1. a small minority of busy boddies ignoring the majority who are no doubt proud to be hosting this event, or those who couldn’t care less.

    nah i’m sure its society who has the problem. [/sarcasm]

  2. How Bitchy.

  3. Isn’t Clapham virtually always full of inebriated gays anyway? how is that going to be any different from usual?

  4. Jock S. Trap 24 Jan 2012, 2:21pm

    “Lambeth has a very diverse cultural community.” … Unless your Gay, Lesbian, Bi or Transgender? Hypocrites!

    This is clearly homophobic’ motivated nothing more but hey people how come we are expected to pay taxes just like everyone else.

    And so what if money goes to LGBT causes it’s clearly not as if the council are going to help.

    Discriminatory to the last. Bigots!

    1. To be fair to the council, Jock – they have clearly supported this event – so not quite sure what you are getting at with your comment “its not as if the council are going to help”

    2. Sister Mary Clarence 25 Jan 2012, 10:44am

      You’d be hard pressed to find a gayer (or maybe that should be ‘more gay’ local authority in the country.

      As well as Chris, the former mayor, being gay, so is the leader of the council, and upteen other elected members.

      So to suggest the council in any way discriminates or is anti-gay is probably the opposite of the case.

  5. Keith Farrell 24 Jan 2012, 2:31pm

    what people always fail to realise is “The power of Pink money” sometime I wonder how some town or even counties would recover is all the LGBT people took their money and left. Im sure that place will die slowly. We are the power (well not me, I am just managing to survive until I can get work) We can make a diferance for the next generation.

    1. Is there a currency called the straight pound …?

      I know I would much rather have a pink pound than one from an extreme bigoted religious person with Keith, the Archbishop of Glasgow, Alan Criags etc …

      It would probably be better looked after, healthier, less polluted and have a better appearance …

      That said, I don’t think Standard & Poors have any great regard to the orientation of a currency (or treasury minister), or its race, religion or dietary needs – they tend to look purely at economic issues ….

      After the trolls bizarre diversion … back to the subject matter …

      1. the so-called “straight pound” is drab and colourless, has very poor fashion flair, and throws the most boring events.

    2. Yes you are right, but it only has clout if used in a coordinated manner. And by people who may not be “out” as well.

  6. mark patterson 24 Jan 2012, 2:31pm

    Yet they dont appose the fun fair thats on the common for 2 weeks at a time every couple of months, The ben and jerry’s music festival every summer or any of the other loud music festivals that take place on the park – which do attrcat alot of alchohol guzzling punters! Homophobes!

    1. George Irvin 11 Apr 2012, 11:02pm

      As for the Fun Fair it comes twice a year.

  7. Twats! Sorry just had to say that!

  8. How many times have you heard a homophobe say phrases like:

    “We are emphatically not homophobes” …

    Isn’t that a bit like saying “I have friends who are gay”?

    If it was the scale of the event and the potential for disorder linked to alcohol etc etc that were genuinely their concerns then why did they feel the need to use this phrase – “magnet for undesirable elements of the gay community” …

    If you aren’t anti-gay then you shouldnt use anti-gay rhetoric … otherwise its understandable you will be perceived as homophobic …

    1. I believe some of the nasty party in germany in the 30’s and 40’s said something similar except it was to say “of course I have jewish friends”

    2. Well said. Its like saying. “I am not racist,but……..

  9. Monty Crisco 24 Jan 2012, 2:41pm

    Is this the same woman featured on Newsnight? “It is often said that, although homeopathy does no good, at least it does not harm. But that is not true if using homeopathy delays diagnosis of serious disease like cancer. It is not true if homeopaths persuade you not to be vaccinated, and as a consequence you get smallpox, mumps, measles, and spread them in the community. And it is not true if you listen to the ill-informed advice that is given by many homeopaths about how to avoid malaria when you visit countries where it is common….. On the programme, Melanie Oxley, from the Society of Homeopaths, wriggled uncomfortably when faced with the evidence. She protested that members of her organisation do not advise against proper malaria prevention, or against vaccination.Well, they DO. So much for ‘professional regulation’. You cannot regulate the delusional and the attempts of organisations like Oxley’s clearly don’t work.” http://www.ebm-first.com/homeopathy/lethal-practices.html

    1. Ta for link, interesting to note the ilk of charlatan we’re dealing with.

  10. Michael Smith 24 Jan 2012, 2:59pm

    Perhaps Clapham Common should be sold off to private developers and built on. This will ensure that, as ‘all communities have “undesirable elements”’, the space doesn’t become a ‘magnet for undesirable elements of’ the Clapham Residents’ Group

  11. Spanner1960 24 Jan 2012, 3:10pm

    The Friends also objected to the use of the common for Pride House because it would not “raise a decent income for Lambeth since much of it will be for charitable purposes benefiting the LGBT causes”.

    Oh, does that mean that all Lambeth’s LGBT residents don’t pay Council Tax, or Income Tax? The same people that don’t benefit from schools, ante-natal clinics, family planning clinics etc etc?

    LGBT people have to shell out a lot for facilities they will never need, so by the same token everyone else should do the same, tight-fisted busybodies.

  12. ‘The Friends also objected to the use of the common for Pride House because it would not “raise a decent income for Lambeth since much of it will be for charitable purposes benefitting the LGBT causes”.’

    And yet if it were raising money for something like cancer research I bet you wouldn’t have a problem with that.

  13. ‘All communities have undesirable elements’. Yet this group of local worthies has not used this as a basis for objecting to anyone else’s presence.
    Some people’s bigotry is almost endearing in its artless transparency.

  14. iF ‘Undesirable elements’ exist in every community, then there must be some in the Friends of Clapham Common too! So do we speak up and protest at their presence? If there not homophobic then why even mention this in their press release? We pay our taxes just like everyone else and if the ‘Friends’ and there undesirable elements can use it, then so can we!

  15. would love to see that brainstorming session where they come up with the slogan ‘undesirable elements within lgbt’

  16. Discrimination is taught to children by their parents who then pass it on to their children and so it goes. We as an intelligent people need to break this chain of madness of events that has led to Christians persecuting LGBT people for far too long now.

    1. mmm… maybe the Christians started the chain of madness, and the parents picked it up at church, and then passed it on to the children.

      Children are certainly not born with hatred in their hearts.

    2. Not just christain, muslims jews and anyone else when they feel frustrated.

  17. Peter & Michael 24 Jan 2012, 7:34pm

    Interfering with our Human Rights, we say! We all pay Council Tax and should not be excluded from council property.

  18. So much homophobia in this country =(

    The consultation in march is going to be a nightmare. The torries want any excuse to reject civil marriage. If 5,000 people complain theyll scrap it. I just know it.

    1. I think you underestimate the strength of feeling in this country that supports LGBT people and overestimate the strength of those who oppose us …

      I think you underestimate the change in the fabric of the parliamentary Conservative party – yes there are some extremists such as Edward Leigh and David Burrowes – but there are more out gay MPs in the Conservative party than all other parties put together …; then add to that the other Conservative MPs who are supportive of LGBT rights …

      I don’t mean the battle is won or that its a foregone conclusion that its won … I merely think you find enemies where they exist less than they actually do … We should be concentrating on the likes of Leigh and Burrowes, the RC church, the Christian Institute etc etc and responding to their negativity – whilst building support and allegiances and positivity with all political hues, supportive religious groupings and the mainstream media …

      We need to work hard and smart to win …

  19. I wonder if these idiots would object to a muslim religious party, there are just as many undesirables in that community as well, or would it be all right cause they can eat their food. PRICKS.

  20. Craig Davies 25 Jan 2012, 9:02pm

    These people moaned about nearly every single event held their last year even there where vast ammounts of money made through the rental of the common as a festival/live events space

  21. Sadly, the ‘Friends’ have clearly missed the point of what the event is intended to achieve. Their objections (based allegedly on the scale and length of the event) were not raised for any predominantly hetrosexual events in the area recently (Ben and Jerry’s, fun fairs, Camp Royal, etc).

    Similarly, they make the point relating to ‘the availability of alcohol’ – surely alcohol is always available in the area from the various shops, supermarkets and bars around the Common… I feel they’re clutching at straws here sadly and once again it’s the LGBT community who are sidelined.

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