Carrie Johnson has revealed she was “moved to tears” when listening to from the sufferer of a hate crime at a Pleasure reception in Downing Road earlier this yr.
The prime minister’s spouse – who’s pregnant with the couple’s second baby – addressed an LGBT+ Conservatives reception on the Tory convention in Manchester on Tuesday evening, throughout which she described herself as an “ally”.
Mrs Johnson advised the packed occasion, which was additionally attended by her sister-in-law Rachel Johnson, that her husband was “utterly dedicated” to “defending these positive aspects” made in previous years by the LGBT+ group and “extending them additional”.
She stated that it was “blatantly unfaithful” that being LGBT+ and a Tory was “by some means incompatible”.
“The concept your sexual orientation or your gender identification ought to decide your politics is now as illogical as saying your peak or your hair color ought to,” Mrs Johnson stated.
“A lot of you right here tonight helped play a component within the journey our celebration has taken on homosexual rights.
“And we are able to now say with enormous delight that it was a Conservative prime minister who delivered equal marriage.
“I need you all to know that we now have a primary minister who is totally dedicated to defending these positive aspects and lengthening them additional.
“As a backbencher, Boris broke the whip to vote in favour of repealing part 28.
“He supported similar intercourse marriage. As overseas secretary he lifted the ban on British embassies overseas flying the delight flag.
“And as prime minister he has appointed the nice Nick Herbert as his first particular envoy on LGBT+ rights and final yr prolonged similar intercourse marriage to Northern Eire.
“Boris additionally wished me to remind you that as mayor he led the delight parade sporting a reasonably fetching pink stetson, which I feel we must always encourage him to do once more!”
Mrs Johnson, a former Conservative Social gathering director of communications, paid tribute to her husband’s authorities for “banning conversion remedy, rolling out PrEP on the NHS in England as a part of its mission to eradicate HIV transmission, and restoring medals to veterans who had them stripped from them for being lesbian or homosexual”.
However she additionally admitted there was “nonetheless a protracted solution to go” in securing LGBT+ rights inside British society and world wide.
“The LGBT+ group nonetheless faces stigma, harassment and discrimination, with hate crime nonetheless a truth of life,” Mrs Johnson added.
“I heard myself from the sufferer of such a criminal offense on the Pleasure reception we held in Downing Road earlier this yr.
“And I’ve to say I used to be moved to tears. World wide, being LGBT+ continues to be a criminal offense in 71 nations. In 11 nations, it’s punishable by demise; simply due to who you like.”
Mrs Johnson paid tribute to the LGBT+ Conservative group for offering a “assist community for his or her members”.
“Each LGBT+ particular person should go on their very own journey of self acceptance. And that, I can think about, just isn’t at all times simple,” she stated.
“There will likely be some individuals right here tonight who’re out to their associates, however perhaps to not their household.
“Or to their household, however not their work colleagues. There is perhaps some individuals right here who should not out to anybody or questioning who they’re.
“Wherever you might be in your journey, I can guarantee you, you might be amongst associates right here.”