Tory MP says a memorial to men who were executed for being gay is “totally inappropriate”
From Evolve Politics: A Conservative MP has described a memorial for people who were executed for being gay as ‘totally inappropriate’.
Andrew Bridgen, Tory MP for North West Leicestershire, lashed out after the exhibit was unveiled by the National Trust at Kingston Lacy house in Dorset earlier this week.
The memorial was inspired by the tragic life of the former owner of the National Trust property, British explorer and former Tory MP William John Bankes – a man who was forced to flee the country after authorities discovered he was gay.
The new exhibit is named ‘In Memoriam’ and was commissioned as part of a range of new exhibits at Kingston Lacy based on Bankes’ tragic life story. In Memoriam was created specifically as a tribute to the 51 men hanged by the British establishment simply for being gay during Bankes’ lifetime (1786-1855).
Bridgen consistently opposed same sex marriage in 2013 and even attempted to launch a coup against the then Prime Minister David Cameron because of his stringent opposition to the bill.
And Bridgen has even gone as far as saying he had ‘considerable sympathy’ for B&B owners who refused to serve gay people.
And now, in a further display of his rabid anti-LGBTQ credentials, Tory MP Bridgen slated the new National Trust Memorial, saying: “This is totally inappropriate. It’s not what people visit the National Trust for. If I want moral guidance I go to church – not the #NationalTrust.”
Bridgen was speaking to the the #DailyMail in an article also slamming the memorial, which they shamefully headlined “National Trust’s latest PC stunt”.