The Labour Party’s new LGBT+ advisor Munroe Bergdorf, has apologised for a tweet she sent before her transition about “gay bashing” a character from the TV series Glee.
In other tweets she used the words “poof” and “dyke” and made fun of a “hairy lesbian” friend’s “barren womb”.
The model and activist joined Labour’s LGBT+ advisory board last week, announcing that she would advise the part on issues affecting LGBT+ people.
But a tweet surfaced late in the week from 2011, in which she joked that she would have “gay bashed” the character Kurt Hummel from the popular TV series Glee.
In it, she wrote: “Kurt Hummel on Glee is probably THE most annoying character on television. Even I’d like to gay bash him! #stopitjuststop.”
Another tweet, sent earlier read: “Ever find that sometimes you’re just NOT in the mood for a gay and their flapping arms . . . Queen PLEASE . . . Calm down or I’ll show u drama!!!”
Making fun of another friend tweeting about Celine Dion, she wrote: “Get a grip you old poof”.
And in 2017, Bergdorf tweeted: “Gay male Tories are a special kind of dickhead.”
Defending the tweet, she has since said the language was “strong and perhaps I wouldn’t use that turn of phrase now,” but added: “I do continue to be confused by how somebody who identifies as a gay male can actively support a political party such as the Conservatives.”
Bergdorf has now issued an apology on Twitter, in a tweet which reads: “Who I was at 23 years old, is not who I am at 31.”
“Regarding any offensive tweets that I’ve posted in the past; namely those tweets shared playfully between close friends, I want to begin this letter by apologising. I am sincerely and wholly sorry – both to those who I cruelly speak about in those tweets, but also sorry to the entire LGBT+ community and anyone who has supported me over the past year.
“In 2010 I hadn’t yet transitioned and was outwardly presenting and identifying as an effeminate gay male. Tweets were juvenile jokes made with friends who also identify as LGBT+ regarding a website called ‘Lesbians who look like Justin Bieber’, however they were in bad taste and certainly not reflective of who I am today at 31 years old. I’m not going to try and excuse them, as there really is no excuse. Who I am no, is not who I was almost a decade ago when I wrote those tweets.
“Again, I am sorry for these disappointing posts. I feel as let down as you, but this is certainly not what I think of others or how I treat others. I’ve learned first hand that unless you learn to love yourself, you have no hope of loving others.”
Out gay Tory MP Nigel Evans has called for Bergdorf to resign from the Labour LGBT+ board.
He said: “I’m absolutely shocked. I don’t know which community she’s representing but it is certainly not mine.”
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LBC presenter Maajid Nawaz, who has been a strong supporter of LGBT+ rights, said that there would be outrage if Bergdorf was an advisor to the Conservative Party on LGBT+ rights.
He said: “If a Tory dissed feminist campaigners in this way, you would be outraged.
“But what, a black, transgender model can get away with it because they’re in Labour?”
Bergdorf has repeatedly sparked controversy with her critiques of race, not least when she was fired by L’Oréal for saying that all white people were racist.
On Facebook after the Charlottesville white supremacist march in August, she wrote: “Your entire existence is drenched in racism.
“From micro-aggressions to terrorism, you guys built the blueprint for this s***.”
Bergdorf added: “Once white people begin to admit that their race is the most violent and oppressive force of nature on Earth…then we can talk.”