The Tories and LGBT+ rights: The good, the bad and the very, very ugly of the last decade
Carrie Johnson’s self-assured speech at the Conservative Party Conference painted a pretty picture of the Tories’ LGBT+ record, but the reality is a lot more problematic.
The prime minister’s wife took to the podium on Tuesday (5 October) to praise Boris Johnson’s commitment to the LGBT+ community.
She highlighted his votes to repeal Section 28, pass same-sex marriage and lift the ban on foreign embassies flying the Pride flag – but conveniently skipped past her husband’s use of homophobic slurs, including the phrase “tank-topped bum boys”, which he has repeatedly refused to apologise for.
And that wasn’t the only thing Carrie Johnson glossed over. While it’s true that the Conservatives have made several LGBT+ gains, most notably the passage of marriage equality in 2013, there’s also a lot to be ashamed