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Brit Leader Who Previously Said Gay Was a Choice Praises Stonewall

Jeremy Corbyn

The embattled leader of the Labour Party in the United Kingdom made special note Friday of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising.

 “Fifty years ago on the streets of New York City, LGBT+ people fought the forces of a bigoted and violent state - and won,” tweeted Jeremy Corbyn, the party leader.

“They achieved so much and inspired millions, but their struggle continues. @UKLabour will always stand with the LGBT+ community.”

The comment came weeks after the British politician suffered critique for saying LGBTQ individuals “chose” to be gay during an event honoring the start of Pride Month. His team has stressed since he doesn't believe being LGBTQ is a choice and that he misspoke.

Corbyn also has come under fire for past associations with Holocaust deniers.

Activists noted that in response to Corbyn’s pro-Stonewall tweet today.

“Unless of course their Jewish!!! Labour the party for the racists not the many!” wrote Simon Lee on Twitter.

But others praised Corbyn for acknowledging the event and leading a leftward shift in the party.

“Great to see a significant amount of Labour's growing 600,000 membership is from LGBT+ Community. Great to see the LGBT+ vote up 13% in 2017,” wrote Simon T. James.

“Forget what Blairite saboteurs Watson and Hodge say 99.9% of Labour is made of compassionate People trying to fight for the struggling.”

At the same time, the comments came as an LGBTI officer within the Labour Party, Rahit Dasgupta, lost his post to a straight man, causing controversy within the political organization.

Dasgupta called on the party to take corrective action.

“How can someone who espoused homophobic views just today got to vote on who represents the LGBT community in our CLP,” Dasgupta wrote on Twitter. “Tell me why those who have been homophobic & intimidated us- complaints of which were sent a year ago are still in the party & can pass judgement on our lives.”

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