Carrie Johnson has revealed she was “moved to tears” when hearing from the victim of a hate crime at a Pride reception in Downing Street earlier this year.
The prime minister’s wife – who is pregnant with the couple’s second child – addressed an LGBT+ Conservatives reception at the Tory conference in Manchester on Tuesday night, during which she described herself as an “ally”.
Mrs Johnson told the packed event, which was also attended by her sister-in-law Rachel Johnson, that her husband was “completely committed” to “protecting those gains” made in past years by the LGBT+ community and “extending them further”.
She said that it was “blatantly untrue” that being LGBT+ and a Tory was “somehow incompatible”.
“The idea that your sexual orientation or your gender identity should determine your politics is now as illogical as saying your height or your hair colour should,” Mrs Johnson said.
“Many of you here tonight helped play a part in the journey our party has taken on gay rights.
“And we can now say with huge pride that it was a Conservative prime minister who delivered equal marriage.
“I want you all to know that we now have a prime minister who is completely committed to protecting those gains and extending them further.
“As a backbencher, Boris broke the whip to vote in favour of repealing section 28.
“He supported same sex marriage. As foreign secretary he lifted the ban on British embassies abroad flying the pride flag.
“And as prime minister he has appointed the great Nick Herbert as his first special envoy on LGBT+ rights and last year extended same sex marriage to Northern Ireland.
“Boris also wanted me to remind you that as mayor he led the pride parade wearing a rather fetching pink stetson, which I think we should encourage him to do again!”
Source : skynews