The Liberal Democrat Spokeswoman for Women and Equality, Lorely Burt MP, has tabled an Early Day Motion in response to the use of the word 'gay' by as a term of derision on BBC radio. Her EDM has already attracted cross-party support from Liberal Democrat, Labour and Conservative MPs.
EDM 2438: Use of the word 'gay' on BBC radio
That this House expresses concern that the word `gay' has been used by Radio One presenter Chris Moyles to refer to something `lame or rubbish' on air; notes in particular that Chris Moyles' show is heard by up to 6.5 million listeners, many of them young adults and children; recognises that the use of such language in such a context may encourage or legitimise negative attitudes towards homosexuals; further notes that research compiled by Stonewall found that 51 per cent. of gay men and 30 per cent. of lesbians reported being bullied physically and 82 per cent. of respondents stated that they had been subject to name-calling and other forms of humiliation at school; believes that while freedom of speech is always of immense importance, that wherever possible the best way for that freedom to be exercised is in a responsible, sensitive manner and in full knowledge of the possible repercussions; and calls for the BBC to ensure that all its staff are aware of the possible negative consequences that apparent casual homophobia may have.
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