'Lesbian Angels' [Image: Diricia De Wet. Johannesburg, South Africa].

‘Lesbian Angels’ [Image: Diricia De Wet. Johannesburg, South Africa].

Mr Johnson seems to have forgotten Clause 28 of the Local Government Act 1988, which prohibited local authorities from “promoting” homosexuality or gay “pretended family relationships”, and prevented councils spending money on educational materials and projects perceived to promote a gay lifestyle.

The Thatcher government constituted 17 years’ repression of LGBT people. Don’t let him whitewash his party’s past so he can misleadingly tar the EU instead.

In his recent video for the LGBT Brexit group, ‘Out and Proud’ Boris Johnson, with typical disregard for the facts, asserted that the U.K.’s progressive attitudes on LGBT rights were entirely the work of “us, the British people”. By implication, ‘Europe’ had contributed nothing. The reality is very different. Europe’s two main organisations, the Council of Europe and the EU together did much to create the momentum for change in the late 1990s and early 2000’s. This followed 17 years of Conservative government which, far from progressing LGBT rights, supported the introduction of a law that prohibited local authorities from “promoting” homosexuality.

Source: Boris is wrong – LGBT people should oppose Brexit | openDemocracy

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