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Yvette Cooper: ‘Parliament does not have enough openly gay and lesbian MPs’

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  1. While I’d love more GBLT MPs, we also have to beware of this being sufficient. As has been seen by the some of the Tory and UKIP contributors to Pink News – Nicholas Dancer, Tara Hewitt – it’s not too hard to find GBLT people willing to throw the rest of us under the bus and work to pinkwash homophobes.

    We need more representation – but having some tokens doesn’t become a pass for homophobic votes, voting records, policies and speeches. More representation, but don’t let it distract us. There’s no shortage of quislings out there.

    1. Robert in S. Kensington 26 Apr 2013, 7:41pm

      Exactly right. I’ve no doubt that some closet cases voted no on February 5th too. I’d like to see them outed once and for all.

  2. I note she complained that there aren’t enough lesbian and gay MPs — at an LGB conference. Bisexuals can get stuffed, then? Cheers, Yvette.

    1. I’m assuming she didn’t say “trans” because Summerskill would’ve vetoed the speech, too.

  3. So what do you suggest we do you daft, ignorant woman?

    Introduce quotas to ensure an acceptable spread of gay, asian, transsexual and one-legged MPs as opposed to them being selected on merit?

    Oops, silly me, no such thing as an MP with with an inkling of merit these days, so perhaps you do have a point after all…

    1. By actually making a conscious effort to have more MPs from minority groups – be it through quotas or simply through systematically reminding parties at every stage that a potential candidate being from a minority shouldn’t make them less appealing (and in many cases can bring new views and experiences to their parties) – that will improve things.

      It amazes me how positive discrimination is always ridiculed because it means that female or black or Asian or disabled or gay or whatever people might get given jobs without being the best candidate. The whole point is that right now a vast majority of white heterosexual Eton-educated men get their jobs BECAUSE OF EXACTLY THAT. Women, ethnic minorities, disabled people and LGBT people are always being overlooked when we’re better-suited, yet trying to redress the balance is portrayed as somehow being worse.

  4. Rhoderick Gates 27 Apr 2013, 1:04pm

    Well I guess I should have been preselected when I persued it for Labour in 2006….but I never brought up my sexuality so…

  5. Are we really that underrepresented? 1% of 650 = 6.5, 2% -> 13. I can think of at least that many off the top of my head. I guess it depends on what percentage of the population you think we are.

  6. Spanner1960 27 Apr 2013, 4:27pm

    Who cares?
    It’s not about having LGBT politicians, it’s about having LGBT-sympathetic ones.

    Maybe gay people aren’t cut out to be politicians like black people make rotten swimmers – so leave it in the hands of those most capable of doing the job and stop trying to throw positive discrimination into the pile in order to show your PC image.

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