john amaechi

‘I fear that the ideology and backward-thinking nature of these [Tory] candidates might serve to make me a second class citizen – or perhaps just more so’

SOUNDBITES — “It isn’t enough for politicians to steal electioneering rhetoric from impeached past-US Presidents (Nixon!) to try to make every person feel like the Conservatives are on their side. The LGBT community should have been cautious, and I think fearful for quite some time – Cameron’s own voting history on LGBT issues is less than stellar – and on a BBC ‘Question Time’ billed only for it’s inclusion of Nick Griffin, the Conservatives much touted minister for cohesion (Sayeeda Warsi) could only splutter like a cornered fowl when she was challenged about her views on the equalisation of the age of consent. As a black, gay man (amongst many other things) I was horrified that the only remotely brown face of Conservative power – and one ostensibly in charge of our societies “social action” couldn’t even spit out words in support of equality. Since then Chris Grayling – a man who can’t go north of Luton without insulting one minority community or another – managed to make his position on equal rights to services apparent and complete the Conservative trend. I have never been party political, I have always thought I am basically too hard on all sides to do more than point out the faults, but for the first time in a long time, I feel as I do when I am in America and a Conservative is in danger of election there. I now feel in personal peril for my standing as a full and equal part of British society. I fear that the ideology and backward-thinking nature of these candidates might serve to make me a second class citizen – or perhaps just more so.” —John Amaechi, the gay former NBA player, who lives in the UK, on the Conservative Party’s latest antics (via)