Words: Steve Brown
A Coventry city councillor is being called to resign after suggesting LGBTQ people are ‘promiscuous’.
Councillor Glenn Williams – who sits as an independent on the council and represents the Bablake ward – was criticised during a outburst where he said two women kissing was ‘pornography’.
He then said the city should teach ‘traditional family values’ and ‘not how to be promiscuous’, the Coventry Telegraph reported.
Williams said: “There are a lot of very concerned parents who are worried about what is going to be taught to very young children.
A clip from Full Council yesterday. @Glenn_Williams1 making an impression as always.— Simon Gilbert (@TheSimonGilbert) January 15, 2020
This time a question about what he considers to be “pornography” being shown in Coventry schools.
Never a dull moment. @Cllr_KevinMaton responds. But @becky_gittins also responded strongly. pic.twitter.com/913tCOVNHC
“Last week, a friend of mine who is very broad minded, telephoned me as her 13-year-old son had some home from school because his teacher had given them tips – I’m sorry I’m not very comfortable about this – about how to come out, and had shown a video of two women kissing.
“Does Cllr Maton [the cabinet member for education] agree with me that this sort of video which bluntly I regard as pornography should not be shown in Coventry schools and what we should have is a policy that promotes traditional family values – not how to be promiscuous – but how to respect traditional family values?”
Following his outburst, the LGBTQ community in Coventry have called for the councillor to resign and Warwickshire Pride slammed him for his ‘shameful behaviour’.
Writing on Twitter, they said: “Councillor Williams is welcome to participate in our LGBT+ awareness training.
“He will learn that two women kissing is not pornography, that being gay does not equate to being promiscuous (but so what if some people are), and how damaging his views/words are. Shameful behaviour.”
Councillor Williams is welcome to participate in our LGBT+ awareness training. He will learn that two women kissing is not pornography, that being gay does not equate to being promiscuous (but so what if some people are), and how damaging his views/words are. Shameful behaviour.— Warwickshire Pride (@WarksPride) January 15, 2020