Hmm, rather over represented I would say

Now Britain finds itself with the queerest legislature in the world: 32 of the United Kingdom’s 650 MPs calling themselves gay, lesbian or bisexual. At 4.9%, this pretty closely reflects what researchers believe to be the sexuality of the population as a whole: an impressive achievement, still to be matched in matters of gender or ethnicity.

Gay males are thought to be in the 2-3% range, lesbians 1-2%. So possibly a bit of over representation there.

Lees is disappointed that there are still no British trans MPs

I do wish these people would remember that UKIP had a trans MEP. Or doesn’t that fit with the narrative?

11 comments on “Hmm, rather over represented I would say

  1. Does anyone know what other countries are like in terms of identity politics? Political parties in the UK aren’t just tolerant of having some black, female and LGBT MPs in this country, they positively encourage it so they can show how inclusive they are.

  2. So gay individuals are more likely to become politicians?

    That’s….that’s homophobic. Can’t really think of a worst libel.

  3. “Does anyone know what other countries are like in terms of identity politics? “

    I’m betting Malaysia, Iran & Iraq are a bit behind the curve…

  4. I want to complain that there’s no MPs with an internet username of Bloke in North Dorset. It shows considerable bias in the media and country as a whole. The fact that nobody called BiND stood has nothing to do with it.

    Its no fair.

  5. ‘I do wish these people would remember that UKIP had a trans MEP. Or doesn’t that fit with the narrative?’

    Tim, I can’t think why you would care.

  6. You’d expect a bit of over-representation, wouldn’t you? Politics is a game for exhibitionists.

  7. So we now have a ‘diverse’ set of MPs who neatly all share the same set of opinions.

    Ain’t diversity great?

  8. “So we now have a ‘diverse’ set of MPs who neatly all share the same set of opinions.”

    Possibly the most pleasing thing about the election was the way that all parts of the political spectrum united to laugh at George Galloway.

  9. There are a lot of bisexual women, though. The round number most bi organisations use is two bi women for every lesbian, one bi man for every two gays.

    A lot of bis in opposite-sex relationships identify as straight, but I wonder if there’s something about politics that leads people to come out (even if it’s just fear of then tabloid press).

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