But clearly, some homophobic trolls didn't get that memo when they decided to come out of the woodwork and attack British Member of Parliament, Luke Pollard, for his Valentine's Day tweet. On Valentine's Day, he shared a little bit of love with his boyfriend, Sydney Robertson, and the rest of the Twitterverse by tweeting:. Other trolls focused on the couple's age gap while ignoring the many heterosexual politicians with much younger partners. Fortunately, there were some who decided to show their support for Pollard. Pollard later confessed the hateful responses of homophobia, ageism and even racism against Robertson's heritage really surprised him.
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In , Blunt was himself deselected by the Constituency Executive Council, with speculation that this was due to his public announcement that he was gay. He resigned his commission as a Captain in , having been awarded the Queen's Medal. Blunt contested his first Parliamentary seat at the general election , as the Conservative Party candidate in West Bromwich East. Blunt timed his resignation so that it became public after the polls closed but before the results were declared. The following day he was unanimously reselected by his local party as their prospective parliamentary candidate, but in May he failed to persuade 25 of his fellow Conservative MPs to call for a vote of confidence.
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A senior Tory MP has admitted that comments he made 22 years ago describing the lifestyle of gay men as "gross and unnatural" are "quite shocking". Sir Desmond Swayne, the MP for New Forest and a former private secretary to David Cameron, said he put his "original prejudice down to intellectual laziness". He had opposed reducing the age of homosexual consent from 18 to 16, and supported the ban on promoting homosexuality in schools in the s and s. Swayne's comments, which have resurfaced in parliamentary debate transcripts, or Hansard , were made about the repeal of Section 28, a law passed in which stopped councils and schools "promoting the teaching of the acceptability of homosexuality".
X pic. Homophobic Twitter users attacked the couple for a perceived age gap between them. A lot of people on here expressing opinions about things that have nothing to do with them. To all the people who worry about age differences: I'm 65, my husband is just coming up to 70 — and our gorgeous boyfriend is 31 ….. I wonder how any people would be commenting on the age difference if you were with a younger woman… like Trump, or Johnson both with women young enough to be their daughters??