The reputation of Tory perception on homosexuality must be nearing caricature territory. First the private admission by the shadow home secretary that B&B owners should be able to exclude gay couple from their services on the grounds of religious belief. Then came the less-than-flattering Gay Times interview with David Cameron. However, the latest member of Cameron’s team goes a bit further than merely offending the gay community. Perhaps Julian Lewis didn’t mean to compare the risks involved in same-sex intercourse with serving on the frontline, but nevertheless, his comments have aided the perpetration of a dangerous myth that HIV is solely a gay disease.
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