LA News Release, "WE WELCOME ALAN DUNCAN'S 'COMING OUT'" (July 2002)
In Association with the Libertarian International
London, Wednesday, 31 July 2002
Contact Details: Dr Chris R. Tame, 07957 644519 firstname.lastname@example.org
"WE WELCOME ALAN DUNCAN'S 'COMING OUT'", SAYS FREE MARKET AND CIVIL LIBERTIES THINK TANK
Alan Duncan’s decision to come out publicly as gay has been welcomed by the Libertarian Alliance, Britian's leading pro-freemarket and civil liberties think tank.
Libertarian Alliance Director, Dr Chris Tame commented:
"Alan Duncan has performed a historically important deed. His action can help liberate us all from the tyranny of sexual hypocrisy.
"If Mr Duncan is followed by other parliamentarians from all the political parties it will bring to rest the hoary old myth of the absence of gays and lesbians from our political life. Political insiders have known for many years that Parliament, and politics generally, has been an attractive profession for homosexuals. It is thought that gays alone make up about 10% of the House of Commons. A coming out party by Conservative MPs would show there was no need for positive action to select gay parliamentary candidates - simply a civilized requirement to respect the sexuality of incumbents. The media has generally acquiesced in maintaining the myth of the exclusion of gays from Parliament, failing to stress the real problem faced by politicians - being open about their sexuality in the face of a prurient media".