British Bisexual Politician Loses Seat After 30 Years

Simon Hughes, a Member of Parliament for more than three decades, lost his seat last week in an election. He has been openly bisexual for the last 10 years of his tenure.

The Liberal Democratic candidate lost to Neil Coyle of the Labour Party, 22,146 votes to Hughes’ 17,657, and the third place finisher was gay Conservative Jean-Paul Floru who got 6,051 votes.

Hughes was first elected in 1983, and during his term voted in favor of same-sex marriage at first, but then later said marriage was “ordained by God as between one man and one woman.”

Simon_Hughes_Liberal_Democrat_2014_speechHe said he never married, but Hughes said he asked several women to be his wife. He denied being gay in many interviews, and in 2006 he said he has had relationships with both women and men. Hughes said his sexuality should not prevent him becoming leader, saying, “It would be very sad if people who have always been single or who are homosexual felt that their sexuality prevented them from holding high office. I hope that my party and the great majority of the British public would agree with that… It is not just me. There are lots of people who have tried to keep their private lives private. I wasn’t just doing it for me but for many others who are in the same boat.”

 

Mike Szymanski
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Mike Szymanski has written about bisexual issues since 1989 and has one of the longest-running regular bisexual columns as the National Bisexuality Examiner. He came out as bisexual in a cover story of Genre magazine, which resulted in more than 50 television appearances, including Ricki Lake, Phil Donahue Show and 20/20. Szymanski won the Lambda Literary Award in 2007 for co-authoring an informative humor book “The Bisexual’s Guide to the Universe: Quips, Tips and Lists for Those Who Go Both Ways.” Write him at [email protected]