I’ve mentioned before in a previous blog post about a local Liberal Democrat counsellor who told me around the time it was made legal for same sex couples to get hitched in civil partnerships that they had nothing against LGBTQ peeps just so long as they didn’t live next door to her, yeah kind of an illiberal thing for a supposed ‘liberal’ politician to say particularly as the party she represented has supported LGBTQ equality longer than the other two major political parties.
Okay it’s not as if there aren’t homophobes & transphobes & other odious bigots in all the other major political parties, I’m well aware of the issues there’s been in Labour with Antisemitism & to a lesser degree transphobia & then there was just the recently the sacking of Manchester Labour Students chair for saying he’d ‘slap’ his child if they backed gay rights, but one just has to look at the voting record of Jeremy Corbyn compared with the leaders of the Lib Dems & the Tories to see that Jez is steadfastly pro LGBTQ equality whereas the other two leaders record on LGBTQ equality is patchy to say the least & Jeremy Corbyn has been steadfastly pro LGBTQ equality since the days not only when it was acceptable to victimise LGBTQ peeps but vilify those allies who also fought for greater respect for LGBTQ oeeps.
With UKIP electorally imploding we ain’t hearing so much homophobia & transphobia come election time, but we’ve heard plenty from UKIP politicians over recent years haven’t we, from come to Britain if you love shemales, to gay marriage causes floods, to Paris Lees getting shit for being trans on social-media after challenging Paul Nuttall on an edition of the BBC’s Question Time. Of course Paul Nuttall & Nigel Farage have been leaders of UKIP & incidentally both have opposed same-sex marriage, this might have to do with the issue of EU membership not having been the only issue which drove social conservatives to defect from the Tories to UKIP.
When a few years back David Cameron & the Tory leadership supported the expansion of same-sex equality, it was actually this issue which drove social conservatives to defect from the Tories to UKIP more then EU membership, so no wonder UKIP have never supported same-sex marriage when their support was bolstered by homophobic bigots to add their core support of xenophobes & racists. Now that it appears those social-conservatives have defected back to supporting the Tories, I do worry whether Theresa May will pander to that constituency to hang onto their votes, thus I worry how much progress there’ll be for LGBTQ peeps if the Tories win another mandate for government, particularly when it comes to achieving equality for non-binary & trans peeps as there is still a great deal of work to be done as illustrated just week with Piers Morgan being a total fucking knob towards non-binary peeps.
Don’t tell me transphobia isn’t an issue, I’m a trans woman & I encounter it one form or another most days I dare wonder further then the front door of my apartment, this why days such as the International Day Against Homophobia & Transphobia (which it happened to be yesterday) are important in highlighting the kind of shit LGBTQ peeps are still getting throughout society, There’s a definite need for an International Day Against Homophobia & transphobia when you have wankers from the Christian Peoples Alliance getting a platform as they did last week on an edition of BBC’s Daily Politics Show to homophobic bullshit.
Obviously homophobia is less of an issue then it has been & that’s certainly a very good thing, but its still an issue if there are peeps standing in elections upon a homophobic & anti LGBTQ platform. Transphobia is still definitely an issue as I can all too well testify to & thus is a very relevant issue & one politicians should try & do something seriously about, Come the GE2017 & both homophobia & transphobia are still relevant political issues.