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Chris Bryant feels 'less safe' as a gay man than 30 years ago due to Tory 'culture wars'

"People think it’s politically advantageous to stir that pot"

2021-12-06

Words: Jamie Tabberer; picture: wiki

Labour politician Chris Bryant has said he feels "less physically safe" as a gay man in the UK than he did 30 years ago.

The Member of Parliament (MP) for Rhondda since 2001 has ascribed the change to what he calls Conservative Party-generated culture wars - meaning a conflict between groups with different ideals, beliefs and philosophies.

The former Deputy Leader of the House of Commons made the comments in a recent interview with Nick Robinson’s Political Thinking podcast for the BBC.

"Culture wars will always pick on those who are slightly different"

Bryant told Robinson during the recording [as per The Guardian]: “They’ve learned this trick in America from [Donald] Trump.

"In the end, culture wars will always pick on those who are slightly different and that means the gays, the Jews and the blacks and that’s always the list that crops up whenever a populist government gets into power."

“There’s a world where people think it’s politically advantageous to stir that pot and that makes me genuinely fearful,” he continued.

"I’m not accusing the prime minister of being homophobic but I do feel less physically safe as a gay man than I did 30 years ago."

Bryant also worked as Under-Secretary of State for Europe and Asia from 2009 to 2010.

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