The leader of
Britain's Conservative Party says that his party's failure
to openly accept gay people in the past was morally
wrong--and, he says, it might have contributed
to his brother's death.
Tory leader Francis Maude told the gay news Web
site PinkNews.co.uk, "The gay scene in London in the
1980s was quite aggressively promiscuous, and I think
if society generally--and the government I served
in--had been more willing to recognize gay people,
then there would have been less of that problem."
Maude's gay brother Charles died of AIDS in 1993.
In the interview published Thursday, Maude also
said that he now regrets having voted for the Section
28 legislation banning local government from
"promoting" homosexuality, which led to the closing of
many gay support groups. Asked about the Tories'
reputation, Maude said, "We've been seen for a long
time as a party which hasn't been very open to gay
people. That's wrong." (Sirius OutQ News)