All the things she said
Lowri Turner's fag hag status evaporates thanks to her no-holds-barred views on why gays shouldn't be Prime Minister.
I've never really had much of an opinion on Lowri Turner. I am aware of her, but I've never really given her a second thought. She first came properly to my attention as a fashion columnist in the Evening Standard. She would dole out advice on a weekly basis to women who foolishly thought that Ms. Turner, a broadcaster who had appeared on shows such as 'Would Like To Meet' and, oh, lots of other dull stuff, would guide them kindly towards what sort of stuff they should wear.
Lowri's column was pretty acidic. Despite the fact that she's probably less than 5 feet tall and certainly not a size ten, Ms. Turner felt no qualms about really going to town on the physiques and sartorial tastes of her readers. Rather than being helpful, she was kind of spiteful.
After I stopped reading the Standard about three years ago, Lowri disappeared off my radar. I gave her nary a thought for all of this time. And then, I came across an article that Ms. Turner had prepared for the website icWales entitled: "However much I love my gay friends, I don't want them running the country". I was, understandably, intrigued.
In around 700 words, Lowri tries to convince us that she is not homophobic and that 'all her friends are gay'. The phrase nearly always precedes a severe gay bashing, but I thought I'd give her the benefit of the doubt. The gist of this article, written with a slightly poisonous pen, is that following the revelations that Mark Oaten and Simon Hughes of the Lib Dems may or may not have had a willy or two waggling inside them, she would like to go on record and say that gay men do not make good party leaders or Prime Ministers, because, and I paraphrase here, they don't have the wealth of experience that straight people WITH CHILDREN do.
Ah yes, the children argument. Gayers often get this thrown in their faces by people trying to prove a point. I was once asked by a straight girl, who was the sister of one of my boyfriend's friends, what was the 'point' of being gay. "I mean," she drawled, "It's not as if you can have kids, so once the passion and non-stop shagging are over, what do you do?". I can't remember what my answer was, and it's not important now. I suppose.
Allow me to quote our Lynda Lee Potter in training:
"Gay men face challenges of their own, but they do not face those associated with having children which is the way most of us live. I have gay friends whose biggest headache is whether to have a black sofa or a cream one. If they have a child it is a dog.
My gay friends have not sat in accident and emergency with a small child. They have not had to make the decision over whether to give them MMR. Without these experiences at the sharp end of our public services, they do not know how they function."
Hmmm. So is her problem with gay people or those that don't have children? Should there be a prerequisite that you can't stand for parliament or consider the dizzy heights of Westminster because you haven't shackled yourself to somebody and reproduced? Shall we hurl the straight, childless MPs out of parliament until they've 'come up with the goods'?
Bisexuals come in for a bit of stick, too. They're 'fudging' the issue. For somebody who claims she's the biggest fag hag this side of Old Compton Street, she's not doing very well, is she?
Surely MPs should represent the country they serve? Why shouldn't there be someone in parliament speaking up for those who don't have gurgling offspring to consider? Lowri is playing a dangerous game here. If she thinks that party leaders shouldn't be gay because they can't "represent the interests of the population in general", what about gay MPs? Surely their mainly-heterosexual constituents could argue that they're not being properly represented? Where do we stop?
I know quite a few gay men, none of whom are politicians. What colour sofa to have is important to them, of course (for everyone, no? Do people really not give a shit about the colour of their sofa?), but not a life or death decision.
Lowri's right about one thing, though. Gay men do have many other problems that straight people don't face. I'd say that not being taken seriously by heterosexuals because of the 'things you do in bed' is a pretty major one. Thanks Lowri.