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Date published: 2007/02/17

The BBC says:

A former Cambridge Major has demanded an apology after being accused of "heterosexism". John Hipkin, a Liberal Democrat, says he is enraged and distressed by the complaint which came after he demanded more homes to built for families.

"Family homes can be built for gay people with children," he said.

The council's equal opportunities officer took up the complaint after it was lodged by the Lesbian, Gay and Transsexual Group.

Mr Hipkin, who has a gay brother, said that he took "deep exception" to the allegation that his comments had been discriminatory.

"The government is demanding that 47,000 homes be built in the Cambridge sub-region by 2016.

"My only point is that we must make provision for families, too.

"Yet by saying it, I get accused of being homophobic with the only mitigating factor being that I don't consciously know I am."

Heterosexism is the unintentional discrimination towards or against non-heterosexuals due to cultural bias.

The Lesbian, Gay and Transsexual Group, which represents members on the council, was unavailable for comment on Saturday.

Unbelievable, you cannot say anything in public any more without some group or other getting hysterical about it. If the Lesbian, Gay and Transsexual Group think that Lesbian, Gay and Transsexual people cannot be part of a family then they are the ones who are being discriminatory against non-heterosexuals. Everybody with half a brain cell knew what Hipkin was complaining about, namely that these days they are building almost nothing but flats and tonka-toy houses in Cambridge, which is not what most people want, it just happens to maximise developer profit. (And worse, a lot of the new builds are just aimed at London commuters. Why is Cambridge building houses for Londoners?) The Lesbian, Gay and Transsexual Group should grow up.

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