The man who called gay men 'tank-topped bumboys’ is the UK’s new prime minister.
Boris Johnson beat rival Jeremy Hunt in the ballot of more than 159,000 Tory members and will officially become PM tomorrow (Wednesday 24 July).
Johnson won 92,153 votes to Hunt’s 46,656. The turnout was 87.4%.
Although former mayor of London Johnson has been the clear favourite throughout the campaign, a number of senior Conservative figures have made it clear that they are not willing to serve under him, given his willingness to embrace a no-deal Brexit if ncessary.
Johnson has a poor track record when it comes to comments made about the LGBT community.
In 1998, in a Telegraph column about Peter Mandelson's resignation from the Labour government, he wrote that the announcement would lead to the blubbing of “tank-topped bumboys” in “the Ministry of Sound” nightclub, and “the soft-lit Soho drinking clubs frequented by Mandy and his pals”.
Then, in the year 2000, writing in the Spectator, he slammed “Labour's appalling agenda, encouraging the teaching of homosexuality in schools, and all the rest of it”.
A year later, in his book, Friends, Voters, Countrymen, he wrote on the subject of gay marriage: “If gay marriage was OK - and I was uncertain on the issue - then 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.”
It's not all negative news, though. In his leadership campaign, Johnson said on LGBT+ equality: “If I am lucky enough to be elected Conservative leader, I pledge that my administration will not consider this issue as ‘job done’.
“I will continue to champion LGBT+ equality, get tough on hate crime and ensure that we break down barriers to a fairer society.”
Johnson promised to ‘ensure trans rights are protected’.
He also backed same-sex marriage in 2013 and, as foreign secretary, encouraged UK embassies to fly the rainbow flag.
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