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Margaret Thatcher's Anti-Gay 1987 Speech: VIDEO


In the wake of Margaret Thatcher's death earlier this month, video has emerged online of a speech she gave at a Conservative Party Conference in October 1987, the year before her government introduced Section 28 legislation which forbid teaching in any school that homosexual relationships were acceptable.

Says Thatcher in the clip:

"But it's the plight of individual boys and girls that worries me the most. Too often, our children don't get the education they need, the education they deserve....Children who need to be taught to respect traditional moral values are being taught that they have an inalienable right to be gay....All of those children are being cheated of a sound start in life. Yes, cheated."


The full transcript of the speech is here.

(h/t huffpost)

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  1. Ding, Dong, the Witch is Dead... Indeed.

    Posted by: RONTEX | Apr 13, 2013 10:39:58 AM

  2. How about being fair and showing what Democrats were saying back then too?

    PS has DOMA architect Clinton received his award from GLAAD yet?

    Posted by: Dan | Apr 13, 2013 10:54:23 AM

  3. Lowlife b*tch is finally gone. If only hell was real, she deserves to end up somewhere dark. For all the suffering she created for soooo many gay kids in particular, I hope she died in pain. Slowly.

    Posted by: Niebuhr | Apr 13, 2013 10:56:21 AM

  4. No wonder she and GOPer Saint Ronnie Reagan were such BFFs.

    Posted by: HadenoughBS | Apr 13, 2013 10:59:50 AM

  5. her rights record was truly a mixed bag. There was this, but there was also her vote to decriminalize homosexuality back when things were really bad.

    Posted by: Matt in NYC | Apr 13, 2013 11:07:36 AM

  6. Does anyone wonder why so many people consider her the Wicked Witch of the West? Thatcher was not only homophobic. Throughout her life the "Iron Lady" showed a marked bigotry towards the Irish and thinly veiled racism toward blacks.

    Posted by: Brendan | Apr 13, 2013 11:08:48 AM

  7. As I said last week she was a bully and an extremist, with blood on her hands.
    And yes, Rick, I would know I'm Irish ( so f*ck off, you racist).
    Admittedly, the IRA blowing the $hit out of her friend Airy Neave in the car park of the House of Commons and almost blowing the $hit out of her at the Brighton Hotel Tory Party Conference didn't help her relations with us....I think she may have been a bit pi$$ed off

    She was a colonialist and a Little Englander; she corrupted the political process in London with selling off public property to Tory supporters only to get them into particular constituencies and thereby gerrymandered those constituencies.
    And yes she was a bigot. She completely lived in the past with a hankering back to the glory days of the Empire.

    And Matt in NY, the decriminalization of homosexuality was based on the Wolfenden Report, not on anything she did.
    I don't even recall any vote she made on "decriminalization of homosexuality".

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Apr 13, 2013 11:20:58 AM

  8. Just listening to her voice make my flesh creep all over again.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Apr 13, 2013 11:33:00 AM

  9. Throw some dirt on this B*tch already!

    Posted by: Dearcomrade | Apr 13, 2013 11:40:30 AM

  10. @Dan - Bill Clinton wasn't the "architect" of DOMA. Quit trying to rewrite history.

    Posted by: Phoenix Justice | Apr 13, 2013 11:46:32 AM

  11. Brings back many unfond of memories of the female Ronald Reagan.

    Posted by: Tom | Apr 13, 2013 11:49:25 AM

  12. @Dan

    Really Dan? This is a specific report on Thatcher's anti gay comments and your mind goes immediately to something anti Democrat.

    What is you opinion on this aspect of THATCHER'S politics?

    Posted by: JONES | Apr 13, 2013 11:55:13 AM

  13. Rewriting history is all bigots CAN try to do, Phoenix. They know they are unable to make history themselves by now. Poor little morons...

    Posted by: Niebuhr | Apr 13, 2013 11:58:30 AM

  14. I remember 1987. The local gay newspaper had 10 pages of obits every week. The number of politicians who were sympathetic I could count on one hand. Some wanted us quarantined, for God's sake. Thatcher was mainstream. I don`t get all the huff. Let whoever has the same stupid opinions they had in 1987 cast the first stone, is what I say.

    Posted by: DC Jaded | Apr 13, 2013 12:04:06 PM

  15. Good point, Dan.

    Thatcher's views on homosexuality would have been held by 90+% of the people in her age group in both the UK and the US, including Labour Party members in Britain and Democrats in the US.

    This kind of gratuitous exercise--digging up a 25-year-old film clip for the sake of inciting hatred--and the bashing of someone who just died that follows in the Comments section, is beneath decency. Just what one expects from the Far Left, though, who are the equivalent of the "God Hates Fags" looneys on the Far Right.

    Posted by: Rick | Apr 13, 2013 12:04:41 PM

  16. @ RICK :
    You are wrong.
    90% of people did not hold her views; many commentators in the media and music and entertainment industry came out against her intolerance. She was denounce far and wide because of her extremist sponsoring of Clause 28, there were anti thatcher demonstrations in the streets not only against her Poll tax but against her social policies as well.
    And no, exposing what is already well documented, namely her bigoted right wing extremism, is not "beneath decency".....
    What nonsense you speak - at every opportunity !
    Now and in years to come, her centralised exercise of unchecked power, her bullying, her bigoted narrow minded focus, her insular vision of the UK outside Europe have all been harmful and regressive.
    Only the die-hard quasi-fascists supported her then and now.
    As I said last week, even the Queen despised her laced-up tight prudery.
    Americans had no appreciation whatever of the harm she was doing to God, you were all still supporting the invasion of Granada, for f*uck's sake !

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Apr 13, 2013 12:22:59 PM

  17. And b'tch had how many years to make some sort of statement retracting what she said and meant about gay people back then, and how much suffering she created? Not a single word, ever. Not even a footnote.

    But of course (P)rick rushes in to defend the anti-gay bigot. When you disagree with him, you know you're right.

    Posted by: Niebuhr | Apr 13, 2013 12:24:24 PM

  18. When are you going to take the gas pipe, Rick?
    Living is obviously quite painful for you.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Apr 13, 2013 12:43:10 PM

  19. It's peculiar to use "gay" in homophobic rhetoric. Usually conservatives use "homosexual".

    Posted by: Kyle | Apr 13, 2013 1:08:17 PM

  20. The Tories didn't become "pro-gay" until several gay sex scandals in the 90's forced MPs out of the closet. It was so embarrassing that they shut up about the morality of it all. To this end they are very different from the GOP. While the GOP is associated with Southern Baptists and Mormons, the Tories are Anglican, which is like saying tea and crumpets are life's major goal. They lack the passion which Baptists go on about. Now, a Tory PM is pushing for marriage equality in the UK.

    Posted by: anon | Apr 13, 2013 1:31:47 PM

  21. This really is astoundingly ignorant and offensive, and hard to forgive. I actually don't know much about Margaret Thatcher otherwise, or have any particular opinion about her. But god, what a horrible, horrible, horrible statement. It doesn't matter when it happened. It doesn't matter that Person Y may have also said something horrible in the same year. This statement is horrible and indefensible, period.

    Posted by: JimTH | Apr 13, 2013 5:16:24 PM

  22. I finally saw film The Iron Lady for first time last night. It was interesting. Meryl Streep definitely deserved Academy Award for her role in it. Wasn't a great film but it wasn't bad. I actually felt a little sad for Madame Thatcher after I realized she was suffering from dementia or Alzheimer's of some sort. Fascinating insight in to her past. I do have to admit she was one of the front runners for women. Sadly, I'm still trying to understand how she became so embittered? I was hoping the film would give some detailed insight on who Madame Thatcher actually was but it only provided bits and pieces. Nothing revealing. Hoping more will come to light in future.

    Posted by: mickyflip | Apr 13, 2013 5:25:01 PM

  23. She was the WORST leader the UK has ever had. Huge parts of the country have still not recovered from her terrible & devastating policies even after all of these years.

    She was a vile, evil, selfish and uncaring excuse for a human being. I am glad she is dead. I wish the IRA had succeeded in killing her when they bomber her hotel in Brighton in 1984. If they had killed her millions of people in the UK would not have had to suffer her evil policies.

    Now the incompetent & corrupt right wing UK government is going to spend millions of pounds of taxpayer's money for a state funeral ! DISGRACEFUL !

    Ding ! Dong ! The Witch is Dead !

    Posted by: Icebloo | Apr 13, 2013 5:38:23 PM

  24. "I wish the IRA had succeeded in killing her when they bomber her hotel in Brighton in 1984"

    Morrissey: The only sorrow of the Brighton bombing is that Thatcher escaped unscathed

    Posted by: Henry Holland | Apr 13, 2013 7:31:59 PM

  25. "How about being fair and showing what Democrats were saying back then too?"

    What the heck to American Dems have to do with it? Do you mean Labour?

    Posted by: BobN | Apr 13, 2013 7:34:19 PM

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