Sack Theresa May campaign
Laura // 16 May 2010
A campaign has been launched to sack the homophobic new Women and Equalities Minister, Theresa May. As you can see above, May has repeatedly voted against measures to improve gay rights. She also voted to reduce the abortion time limit from 24 to 20 weeks and abstained from voting on the Gender Recognition Bill (to “provide transsexual people with the opportunity to gain the rights and responsibilities appropriate to the gender in which they are now living”). The campaigners have created a petition calling for May’s resignation (with over 21,000 signatures thus far) and are asking supporters to email David Cameron and their local MP. You can find out more on their website or Facebook page.
Meanwhile, May’s junior equalities minister, Lib Dem Lynne Featherstone, has spoken out against the macho political culture and criticised the new coalition cabinet for being too “pale and male”. Featherstone has a better record on gay rights, voted to keep the current abortion time limit and is a vocal supporter of trans rights. I think a promotion could be in order (though she might want to learn a bit about disablist language first, having stated that any “sane” woman would be deterred from a career in politics).