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Hundreds Protest Anti-Gay Conservative Party Leaders in London


Several hundred protesters demonstrated outside Tory HQ in central London yesterday in an internet-organized "flashmob", Pink Paper reports:

Tatchell "The flashmob event, dubbed David Cameron's coming-out party, gathered outside the Conservative party headquarters in London's Westminster. Organised by lesbian activist Tamsin Omond and human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell, it gathered pace via social networking site Facebook after Shadow Home Secretary Chris Grayling's infamous comments that B&B owners should be allowed to discriminate against gay couples. Activists, some of whom held placards which read 'Come Out Cameron' and 'David Cameron: What Are Your Gay Policies?', also wrote 'Fuck Off Back To Eaton' on the Conservative party building with white chalk - although the event was peaceful. "Right now, the Tories don't have any official lesbian and gay rights policies," said Tatchell."

The Tories are trying desperately to repair their reputation with gays.

Tatchell met with shadow chancellor George Osborne:

Cameron  During the meeting with Mr Thatchell (sic), Mr Osborne said the Conservatives would 'be happy' to consider legalising gay marriages if they win power on May 6th, though there were complaints afterwards that he had been 'too vague'. British civil partnership legislation offer gays and lesbians similar legal protections as married couples on pensions, social welfare, etc, but the Labour government backed away from describing the ceremonies as marriages when the legislation was passed in 2004. The Conservatives’ popularity with gays and lesbians had earlier been damaged after party leader David Cameron (pictured) bungled an interview with the Gay Times newspaper, when he was asked if he would give MPs and peers a free vote on gay rights issues...Launching his campaign last week, the Tory leader caused further offence when it was learned that he had left out a scripted reference to gays in a speech where he said he was fighting the election for 'the great ignored: they may be black or white, rich or poor'. On Saturday, Mr Cameron said the Tories would change the law to clear the criminal records of those who were convicted of consensual homosexual sex in the days before it was legalised."

According to the Daily Mail, "Mr Cameron also pledged 'zero tolerance' towards homophobic bullying in schools."

(image via twitter user nmec)

Check out the video of the big gay flashmob, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. I don't trust the Tories when it comes to anything gay-oriented. They have notoriously been to the Right of the Republicans here when it comes to caring a damn about gay rights... now suddenly they need gay votes and they want to work with us? I don't buy it! It will be a vote grab, then they will ignore gay issues again. No way such historically anti-gay people will change their hearts as much as their words say they have...

    While Labour have not been the ideal government much of the time, I shudder at the thought of the havoc the Tories will wreak if they, tragically, get elected!

    Unfortunately, more often than not, 'conservative' and 'bigot' go hand in hand.

    Posted by: CKNJ | Apr 12, 2010 1:01:32 PM

  2. Well, I'm not sure if the Conservatives are further to the right when it comes to gay issues, but it's fair to say that we probably wouldn't have seen the progress we've had under Labour had the Tories been in charge for the past 13 years.

    On another note, credit to these people for going out and doing something about the issues they care about, but sometimes gay activists like those in the video just make me cringe...

    Posted by: P | Apr 12, 2010 2:17:29 PM

  3. ^ That first line should read "...further to the right of the Republican party".

    Posted by: P | Apr 12, 2010 2:19:11 PM

  4. Stupid - what has Labor done for GLBT people? They didn't legalize gay marriage but they sure instituted an Orwellian surveillance state in the United Kingdom.

    Posted by: His Royal Highness | Apr 12, 2010 8:24:49 PM

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