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One of the reasons I am such a fan of Rudy Giuliani is that he was a true conservative on the issues which mattered most to me, cutting spending and protecting citizens as Mayor and advocating a tough stand against terrorism as a presidential candidate. While conservative on this issues, he was liberal on social issues, having many gay friends and signing, in 1994, the Big Apple’s then-landmark domestic partnership program into law.
It seems that the new Tory Mayor of London has a lot in common with the former Republican Mayor of New York. Via the Washington Blade‘s blogwatch, we learn that Boris Johnson has appointed Richard Barnes, an openly gay man “as one of his deputy mayors.” And Barnes isn’t the only gay person this Tory has tapped:
Another gay Tory Assembly Member, Brian Coleman, has been appointed Chairman of the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority.
Sir Simon Milton, leader of Westminster Council, becomes a Senior Adviser on Planning. Knighted in the 2006 New Year’s Honours List, he publicly declared his sexuality and married his long-term partner Councillor Robert Davis at The Ritz hotel last year.
The New Mayor even plans to attend London’s Pride celebration later this year.
It looks like gay conservatives may have a new hero across the pond, a principled conservative who reaches out to and recognizes the accomplishments of men and women like us. Seems that we have more to celebrate than “Red Ken” being voted out.