While most people with even a single brain cell know homosexuality isn’t a choice, UK politician Ann Widdecombe seems to have forgotten this. The 71-year-old has spectacularly claimed that there’s still time to ‘cure’ homosexuality. I say good lucky trying, Ann.
The Brexit Party MEP spoke on Sky News and said that “science may yet produce” a cure for being gay. Widdecombe was asked about a 2012 article she wrote, claiming therapy to make some “become heterosexual” was being denied to those who are “unhappy homosexuals.”
She’s now taken it one step further, telling the news outlet, “I also pointed out there was a time when we thought it was quite impossible for men to become women and vice versa.
“And the fact we now think it’s quite impossible for people to switch sexuality doesn’t mean science may not yet produce an answer at some stage.”
I mean, I’m no expert on these things, but I don’t think it quite works like that. Gay conversion therapy may still be legal in the UK, but only last year, the Conservative Party promised to outlaw the practice.
Widdecombe added: “I’ve never claimed that such science already exists… I’ve merely said that if you simply rule out the possibility of it, you’re denying people confused about their sexuality the chance [to change it].”
Quizzed about whether the Brexit Party would mention conversion therapy in its manifesto, Widdecombe said, “I do not imagine for one moment that the Brexit Party will be putting forward a policy on gay sex changes in its manifesto.
“You’re just looking for things that do not determine people’s votes.”
Elsewhere, pop princess Ariana Grande is no longer flavour of the month among her LGBTQ+ fans. The “7 Rings” singer was accused of queerbaiting her recent single.
Known for her legion of adoring fans and being an advocate of LGBTQ+ culture, Grande is also set to headline this year’s Manchester Pride in the UK. This hasn’t stopped her collab with Victoria Monét on the single “Monopoly” leaving some listeners a little miffed.
For anyone who doesn’t know what queerbaiting is, it’s the practice of hinting at (but not actually going through with) the representation of same-sex relationships. It all stems from the line, “I like women and men,” which is then rapped by (the openly bisexual) Monét.
Fans are currently split on whether the 25-year-old is “queerbaiting” or “expressing gender fluidity. Although “Monopoly” is sure to be another of Grande’s signature chart-toppers, fans took to Twitter to explain their disappointment:
“appropriana grande STILL culturally appropriating ANOTHER language by saying “chico” PLUS queerbaiting once again??? lmao white privilege at it again” KSKSNSKSM— 23 (@inmybcd) April 1, 2019
Ariana will never publicly come out and say she’s bisexual because that would require her actually being attracted to women(not just kissing for fun like every straight girl) she’ll say sexuality is fluid while still only dating men so she doesn’t get accused of queerbaiting pic.twitter.com/23yPVfSMbg— Nae (@DeepSpaceYonce) April 1, 2019
ariana grande is always doing questionable things & she keeps getting let off the hook god only KNOWS why.. queerbait in her mv, headlining an lgbt event when she’s straight, hanging with piers morgan, a SEXIST, +— brynn (@knjpogba) March 1, 2019
while it is absolutely valid to keep your identity ambiguous and stray from labels, when it’s being presented in such a fashion it can come off as queerbaiting. the way ariana speaks about this kind of thing always tends to insinuate, but never flat out confirm.— babyshrike.jpg (@biologistmorse) April 1, 2019
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