LGBTQ activists don’t get to dictate where and when uniformed police officers can walk the streets, says Patrick Christys

The logic behind uniformed police not being welcome at Pride events just doesn’t make sense

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I do understand the anger amongst the gay community about the police’s bungled investigation into serial killer Stephen Port, but the logic behind uniformed police not being welcome at Pride events because of that cock-up just doesn’t make sense.

Our police are taking an absolute kicking at the minute – Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, basically branding them institutionally racist, misogynistic, now they’re institutionally homophobic as well, are they?

Excuse me, but the implication here is that uniformed police officers would be attacked by members of the gay community if they turned up in uniform…well that’s all the more reason for them to be there then, isn’t it?

I’m sorry but this is symptomatic of where we are as a society now. This entitlement that if you’ve suffered some kind of outrage then you have the right to make unconditional demands to make yourself feel better.

Patrick Christys says the police are taking an 'absolute kicking'.
Patrick Christys says the police are taking an 'absolute kicking'.
Patrick Christys says the LGBTQ+ community don't get to decide where police officers operate.
Patrick Christys says the LGBTQ+ community don't get to decide where police officers operate.

I’m sorry, it doesn’t work that way.

I totally get that the LGBTQ community has a right to feel as though the police didn’t do all they could to stop the Grindr killer, but Britain’s most prolific ever rapist was a gay man who raped mostly straight men. He was at it for years.

Reynhard Sinaga was convicted of 159 sex offences against mostly straight men…so does the straight community have a right to ban uniformed police officers from stuff as well?

The police weren’t exactly quick off the mark defending straight people there were they?

Does that make them…I don’t know…straight-phobic?

No, of course it doesn’t.

You know what’s going to happen, you can see it coming a mile off can’t you.

If there’s some kind of incident at this Pride event then everyone will be looking round going: "Where are the police?"

Well, you told them not to bother, mate…

And here’s the real madness of it all.

The real madness…we keep being told there isn’t enough diversity in the police force, and then the gay community basically bans gay police officers from a Pride event, which essentially tells gay people they shouldn’t join the police because if they do they’ll be scabs.

Look, I’m sorry, but the LGBTQ community gets an entire month dedicated to it, they have managed to get the education system to include it in the curriculum, we’ve got men in womens’ prisons, we’ve got men in women’s sports, we’ve got drag queens in primary schools…

I’m sorry, but they don’t get to dictate where and when uniformed police officers can walk the streets of Britain as well.