JOURNALIST Owen Jones spoke at the TUC LGBT conference yesterday about his experiences as a gay author, standing against homophobic government cuts and walking out of Sky News.
Adding some thoughts on the recent Brexit referendum, Mr Jones commented that being in Spain for the impending elections was all about “hope,” while “all we’ve had for the last few weeks is the politics of fear, bigotry and xenophobia.”
In his speech the Guardian journalist celebrated trade unions for being a vital part of the gay rights movement, saying: “In terms of LGBT people we’ve gone quite far in the last few generations.
“It’s been quite a struggle for our rights and freedoms. We didn’t get our rights and freedoms because of the goodwill and generosity of people, we got them because people fought for them.
“People like the ones in this room, people showing such courage and resilience against oppression.”
Delegates later praised Mr Jones for walking out of the Sky News studios when host Mark Longhurst and conservative pundit Julia Hartley-Brewer seemed to deny the homophobic nature of the Orlando shooting last week.