Mayor of London Boris Johnson has urged LGBT people to vote to leave the EU because Britain needs to “take back control for LGBT issues.” Speaking after the launch of a new group that says it represents LGBT people campaigning for a Brexit, Boris declared “I’m out and I’m proud.”
Boris argues that the progressive attitudes British people have towards LGBT issues, originated in Britain and not in the EU. He also is very critical of some EU member states for their bad attitude towards LGBT rights, singling out Poland, Hungary, and Romania as particularly bad offenders.
Here’s what Boris said, the added emphasis is ours.
I’m very proud to say, we in Britain have the most progressive attitudes towards LGBT issues anywhere in the world and it’s a wonderful thing to see. But let me ask you a question. Did those rights and those freedoms, that spirit, come from the European Union? Or did it come from people campaigning from our courts, our Parliament? It was us, the British people, that created that environment of happiness and contentment for LGBT people and it is absolutely vital that we fight for those rights today because they are under threat in Poland, in Hungary, in Romania, and other parts of the EU where they are not protected in the way they are in our country. What we need is to take back control for LGBT issues and everything else folks. Come on. I’m out and I’m proud.
You can watch the video of Boris below:
For those who couldn't make it along to our launch party last night, here's the special message Boris Johnson sent us. Find out more at www.outandproud.org.uk Posted by Out and Proud UK on Thursday, March 24, 2016
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