Queer Cheers and Jeers For London Mayor’s Pride Appearance

Mayor Boris Johnson channeled Brokeback at this weekend’s gay pride march in London. While most politicians garner praise for their pride appearances, Johnson suffered some mixed reviews:

Johnson sported a pink cowboy hat as he led a Gay Pride parade through London, drawing boos along the way from some who remembered his past doubts about civil partnerships.

But others at Saturday’s annual march say they are reserving judgment, to see what Johnson does as mayor.

Johnson’s dubious gay politics included comments worrying that gay unions would lead to polygamy and bestial nuptials. Wrote Johnson, ‘I saw no reason in principle why a union should not be consecrated between three men, as well as two men, or indeed three men and a dog.” Those comments came seven years ago and gay activists, like Ben Summerskill of UK’s Stonewall, suggest that Johnson’s adapting to the times.

Besides, he’s only been mayor since May, so the homos should give him a shot.