‘Come out posh boy’ Cameron told over gay rights

By staff writers
April 8, 2010
Tamsin Omond and Peter Tatchell deliver the invitation

The Tory leader, David Cameron, has been invited to ‘Come Out’ on gay rights by campaigners for human rights and equality.

An invitation was delivered to Conservative Party headquarters this morning to a "David Cameron Coming Out Street Party" to be held this Sunday, outside Conservative campaign HQ.

Lesbian environmental activist Tamsin Omond and human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell delivered the big pink fluffy invitation.

Sunday's carnival-style street party has already attracted a huge number of supporters on a 'Big Gay Flashmob' Facebook page. So far close to a thousand have said they will attend, with another 1,000 saying that they are considering doing so.

It comes after recent mixed messages from the Conservative party on gay rights, including Chris Grayling's confession that he supports the right of B&B owners to refuse accommodation to gay couples.

Last night, it emerged that Anastasia Beaumont-Bott, founder of the Tories’ biggest group campaigning for LGBT rights, had switched her support to Labour, saying of Cameron’s party that, “the insides of his party are not what people are led to believe”.

"Right now, the Tories don't have any official lesbian and gay rights policies," said Peter Tatchell.

"The Conservative Party annual conference has never voted for gay equality and there are no gay rights policies in any Tory policy document. The Conservatives are offering the gay community no new measures to remedy the remaining vestiges of homophobia.

"Like Gordon Brown, David Cameron supports the ban on same-sex civil marriage and the lifetime ban on gay blood donors. This week, Cameron blocked government plans to ensure that all pupils receive sex education and education to counter homophobia from the age of 15," said Mr Tatchell.

Tamsin Omond said: "David Cameron talks about gay rights but he hasn't got any specific gay rights policies. He isn't saying what he would do for gay people if he became Prime Minister. We want to know.

"Sunday's street party will be a lot of fun. We hope David will join us. This is his big opportunity to end the confusion and outline his policies to ensure gay equality. We want him to join us - and to bring Chris Grayling too."

The street party will take place on Sunday 11 April, at 2pm, outside Conservative campaign HQ, 30 Millbank, London SW1


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