Several people were kicked out of an event celebrating LGBTQ+ diversity at the Tory conference when homophobic remarks were made, it has been claimed.
Hundreds of party members, lobbyists and others gathered at Reflex nightclub in Birmingham on Tuesday night.
But the annual event was ‘overshadowed by a series of highly offensive, abusive comments’.
One man was removed for allegedly calling a gay man a ‘f**’, while another was apparently told to leave after calling two women a ‘dirty l*****’.
Both are reported to be Conservative members, although this has not been confirmed.
Speaking to ITV News, one victim said: ‘We kicked someone out who was blind drunk and called me a dirty l***** and that I had to watch my back. I don’t feel like I morally fit in anymore’.
Leader of Women for LGBT Conservatives, Jessica Zbinden-Webster, tweeted: ‘Lots of people turned up at the @LGBTCons party last night. We make a list and check it twice.’
Meanwhile, Elena Bunbury, the chair of the LGBT Conservatives, said this afternoon: ‘The abuse my team at @LGBTCons has suffered tonight is disgusting.
‘We have held a free event and it is spoiled by the few who feel the need to be violent, not at all. Thanks to those who were respectful, it means a lot.’
Ms Bunbury later added that LGBT Conservatives stand “firmly against hate crime” and last night’s vile incidents “show why groups like ours are so important”.
A Conservative spokesman said they had offered LGBT+ Conservatives their support.
‘If those involved are identified as members of the party, we will launch swift investigations’, they promised.
‘Any form of discrimination or abuse is wrong and complaints can be made confidentially in accordance with our code of conduct.’ Metro.co.uk has contacted Reflex nightclub for comment.
It comes after an ongoing row engulfed the conference over the Conservative Party’s stance on transgender people.
The government plans to exclude transgender people from the ban on conversion therapy – a decision that sparked outrage and the cancellation of a landmark LGBTQ+ conference earlier this year.
In April, Downing Street said it was a legally complex issue and that further consideration was needed.
Further controversy recently erupted over the decision to invite the registered charity LGB Alliance – which has been accused of being anti-trans – to the Tory conference.
The LGB Alliance says it campaigns for those “whose rights in law are based on sexual orientation and not gender identity”.
It denies being transphobic, but claims the LGBTQ+ movement is being ‘dominated by gender identity extremism’.
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