Young Tories say they’re called homophobic for political beliefs in viral video – and the internet has thoughts
A viral video of young UK Tories outlining the discrimination they face for their political beliefs has split Twitter in half.
The three supporters of the ruling Conservative party spoke to The Telegraph about the assumptions people make of them, with one recounting: “People assume that we aren’t allies to the LGBT+ community.”
And it was this comment in particular that prompted Twitter to divide into two camps – those who listed out the anti-LGBT+ bills and beliefs of the blue tie party, and those who found sympathy with and defended the young Tories.
'Tory Scum is the standard': Meet the young Conservatives abused for their political opinions pic.twitter.com/evN6ui1gH3
— Telegraph Politics (@TelePolitics) October 1, 2019
“They acting like the T in LGBT means Tory”, LGBT+ Twitter takes anti-Tory stance.
Some users armed themselves with history books and voting records. Recounting how Conservative cabinets both past and present have introduced anti-LGBT+ legislation or rescinded bills that protected or enshrined rights onto the community.
Seems a fairly reasonable "assumption", babe, given that:
– under the Tories the Home Office denied 1000s of LGBT+ asylum claims
– the Tory party is propped up by the homophobic DUP
– a majority of the cabinet voted against equal marriage
– the PM called us tank-topped bumboys pic.twitter.com/O3sOxuWxKI
— Caspar Salmon (@CasparSalmon) October 1, 2019
Pockets of Conservative lawmakers have been scrutinised by rights activists and groups for voting against pro-LGBT+ bills in the past.
However, many Conservative lawmakers voted in favour of mandatory LGBT-inclusive sex and relationships teaching in UK schools. Voting records have softened over the years.
I mean, I could tell you the names *I* was called at school under the Conservative party's awful Section 28, while you have the audacity to talk about the LGBTQ community. Get the fuck out. https://t.co/QplCivJE41
— The Weirwolf (@jon_weir) October 2, 2019
Others pointed towards the Home Office, the government department responsible for migration, which has come under fire for its high refusal rate of queer asylum seekers.
Moreover, the department has deployed not ticking certain queer stereotypes and even having homophobic relatives as reasons to discredit a seeker’s application, according to interviews with claimants and reports.
Users also quizzed the broadsheet for amplifying the experiences of the young Tories at a time where hate crime has rocketed against LGBT+ people.
Waiting for telegraph to dp video on rise of transphobic hate crime up 168% in Manchester you are up to 8 times more likely to be murdered if your Trans but hey let's pretend being a political party is a protected characteristic. Abuse is is awful but irony of who they protect >> https://t.co/qIZZqtSFsR
— Tara Hewitt – Girly Swot ?️??⛤? (@Tara_Hewitt) October 1, 2019
they acting like the T in LGBT means tory fkdjhdfjh shut UP https://t.co/IoGEfb5xsx
— J?sh ?? (@dumbassboyo) October 1, 2019
Why do these white middle class types want to be marginalised so much that they make up being marginalised for supporting the majority Party in Parliament? Grow up ?? https://t.co/IZzY0oQ6N6
— victor mctaig (@bertiecauld) October 1, 2019
A few users said that while the young Tories interviewed have been called “Tory scum”, their party’s leader, Boris Johnson, has come consistently under fire for his use of problematic language. Such as calling gay people “tank-topped bum boys”.
"People assume I'm not an ally to the LGBT community," yeah that happens when you back a party led by a man who uses phrases like "tank-topped bum boys" https://t.co/eNsLfhXZLL
— Mark White (@markwhlte) October 2, 2019
“I have had all the same abuse described by my younger colleagues,” says trans Tory member.
Of the Twitter users defending the young Conservatives, some said the party has softened in its stance on LGBT+ rights over the decades.
LGBT+ Conservatives also defended themselves amid criticism, encouraging people to align with the politics they believe in.
Sadly this happens all too often. No one should get such abuse just because they hold a different political perspective
— Sue Pascoe (@suepascoe001) October 1, 2019
Sue Pascoe, the first trans person to stand as a Conservative candidate in the European elections this year, expressed her empathy towards the three.
She told PinkNews: “As a conservative woman with a trans past, I have had all the same abuse described by my younger colleagues.
“I’ve also had targeted social media pile-ons, messages sent to my work place, my property vandalised, invitations to the gas chamber and Mumsnet hate campaigns against me speaking up as a conservative.
“The hate comes almost exclusively from left-wing socialists. Despite this I continue to stand for LGBT rights for all parts of our UK so we can be our authentic selves and love who we choose.”
disagreeing, arguing or debating a political opinion is fine but if you attack a person based on political beliefs are you really any better of a human being that you believe they are?
I'm very left leaning but don't physically assault my best mates because they're right leaning https://t.co/PiKJLAZHfZ
— Jake (@deadsubs) October 2, 2019
Similarly, some Twitter users expressed their relief that the criticism conservative-leaning people face is being discussed.
One said: “I’m glad this is getting highlighted because it is a major issue with our society!”
“The replies to this just show how many sad people there are in the world who won’t accept that not everyone agrees with them.
“Stand up for what you believe in.”
“Disagreeing, arguing or debating a political opinion is fine but if you attack a person based on political beliefs are you really any better of a human being that you believe they are?” questioned a user.
“I’m very left-leaning but don’t physically assault my best mates because they’re right-leaning.”