LGBT+ History: Chris Smith

Maureen Colquhoun (left), Chris Smith (right)

In 1984 Chris Smith, Labour MP for Islington South and Finsbury, speaks about his sexual orientation and becomes the first openly gay MP.  His announcement at a rally in Rugby was met by a standing ovation.

He was not, the first MP to out themselves as 10 years earlier Maureen Colquhoun came out as the first lesbian MP.  She was notorious for being very outspoken, and as a result of her “obsession with women’s rights” was deselected losing her seat in 1979.

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