London-based LGBTQ group Queers Against The Cuts claimed it was
As reported on DIVA, the PM addressed hundreds of gay community
leaders at a formal reception earlier this week. There, he said
that, although Britain was recently named the best place in Europe
to be gay, there was no room for the government to sit back on
"I think it's a huge testament to the work of the last government
and what this government has done as well. It's also great to see
politicians from all parties here tonight," he said.
He then added that the government should be doing "far more" to
encourage gay and lesbian sports players to come out. He added that
bullying in schools is another priority - something which he
considers a "societal problem, not just a governmental
Before closing, Cameron said he was pleased that the government
had commissioned a major study on transgender life and, in
addition, financially supported poorer countries.
Despite this, QATC have said it isn't enough - and that his
comments do not represent the actions of the government.
"David Cameron speech was incredibly complacent "said Richard
Farnos, Joint Convenor of QUAC. "There was no acknowledgement that
LGBTQ people are going to be among the hardest hit by this
government's austerity programme. Cameron seems to think that LGBTQ
people live off thin air."
According to QUAC, not only do LGBTQ people work
disproportionately in the public and voluntary sectors that are
being cut, but as a community they are more dependent on public
"Most of us don't have kids to help out when we are older, and
still our youth are more likely to be abandoned by their families."
They also claimed that the PM's reference to targeting bullying
in schools is "hypocrisy".
"To add insult to injury it is pure hypocrisy that Cameron claims
to be tackling homophobic bullying in schools," Farnos added. "The
Government's own educational reform plans, particularly the
creation of so called free schools will allow the re-introduction
of section 28 through the backdoor."