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Jeremy Corbyn, Diane Abbott, John Barrowman, Baga Chipz and more stars from PinkNews have one thing to say: ‘Gay rights!’

Josh Milton October 17, 2019
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Complete this sentence: 'Diane Abbott, Jeremy Corbyn, John Barrowman, Baga Chipz all said "_ rights" at the PinkNews Awards.' (PinkNews)

Olivia Coleman who? Rachel Weisz? We don’t know her. But Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn, RuPaul’s Drag Race UK star Baga Chipz, Doctor Who actor John Barrowman and Labour politician Diane Abbott: these are all names we love and have no choice but to stan.

It’s a legal obligation to.

Mainly because, and we can in no conceivable way stress this enough, they all declared ‘gay rights!’

They clinked champagne glasses and presented prestigious awards, but some of the notable guests at this year’s PinkNews Awards took the time to swish a Pride flag with, well, pride and show their solidarity with the LGBT+ community.

An array of politicians and celebrities descended onto Church House – headquarters of the Church of England – in London for the seventh annual PinkNews Awards, sponsored by Amazon.

“Gay rights!” says leading lawmakers and celebrities at PinkNews Awards. 

Just in case you didn’t quite understand what each person said:

Labour politician Diane Abbott: “Gay rights!”

Blue singer Duncan James: “Yes, to the gay rights!”

Love Island‘s Anton Danyluk: “Gay rights!”

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn: “Gay rights!”

Anti-Brexit activist Gina Miller: “Gay rights! We’re here to celebrate tonight.”

TV legend Russell T Davies: “Gay rights!”

TV presenter Dr Ranj Singh: “Gay rights!”

Columnist Owen Jones: “Gay rights!”

Conservative party chairperson James Cleverly: “Gay rights!”

Doctor Who actor John Barrowman: “Gay rights! Down the lens, LGBTQ+ forever.”

Trans activists Jake and Hannah Graf: “Queer rights!”

The Circle‘s Freddie Bentley: “Gay rights!”

Hollyoaks‘ Kieron Richardson: “Gay rights!”

RuPaul’s Drag Race UK‘s Baga Chipz: “Gay rights!”

Gogglebox‘s Stephen Webb and his husband Daniel Lustig: “Gay rights!”

Baroness Susan Williams of Trafford: “Gay rights!”

Singer Joe McElderry: “Gay rights!”

EastEnders‘ Clair Norris and Luisa Bradshaw-White: “Gay rights!”

‘Gay rights’?

In February, Olivia Colman and Rachel Weisz said, “Gay rights!” and changed LGBT+ Twitter for the better.

British actors Rachel Weisz and Olivia Colman pose on the red carpet upon arrival at the BAFTAs at the Royal Albert Hall in London on February 10, 2019.
British actors Rachel Weisz and Olivia Colman pose on the red carpet upon arrival at the BAFTAs at the Royal Albert Hall in London on February 10, 2019. (Tolga AKMEN / AFP)

They walked the red carpet ahead of the British Academy Film Awards and, in-between posting for the paparazzi, a fan asked the nominated duo to shout: “Gay rights!” to their phone camera.

The slogan was actually part of a year-long trend on the worldwide web that all kicked off from a viral Snapchat screenshot that circulated last year of a Papa John’s pizza delivery man captioned: “Pizza man said f*** work.”

It then quickly became a meme – as that’s just how the internet works – and then soon birthed the meme: “Donkey Kong said trans rights!”

In other words, the “X said Y” meme has gone from pizza to Donkey Kong to the PinkNews Awards. Welcome to the internet.

Related topics: Baga Chipz, Diane Abbott, Gay rights, Jeremy Corbyn, john barrowman, PinkNews Awards

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