Opposition continues to grow surrounding the appointment of Councillor Chris Windows as Bristol’s new Lord Mayor as a petition is launched in order for an official debate to be held.
As earlier reported, the organisers behind Pride Bristol, We:Are have criticised Councillor Windows appointment following comments he made in 2010 where he was “unhappy and a little disturbed of the involvement of Stonewall with our local schools” – a reference made to instance’s where Sir Ian McKellen visited schools in connection with a Stonewall campaign.
In a call to action, published on the Pride Bristol website , people are invited to sign a petition in order that Bristol City Council hold an open debate on the appointment, which has also been criticised by other supporting councillors within the council itself.
The website appeals : ” Councillor Chris Windows has been nominated and backed by labour to be the next Lord Mayor of Bristol. Councillor Windows made absurd and homophobic comments after Stonewall and Sir Ian Mckellen visited schools to talk about homophobic bullying. He also made comments that suggest he does not support Pride.”
It continues ” He has ignored repeated messages from the LGBT community including us, and other members of the conservative party have made rude and dismissive comments about the issue. We (FINALLY) have managed to get the council to agree this petition but we need 3500 signatures to force the debate on the issue (by the end of April)”
The website also provides a recording of Councillor Window’s comments :
The petition needs to reach at least 3500 signatures before the end of April in order for it to be successful, and can be found on the Bristol City Council Website.
Mr Windows, 71, has during the recent challenges denied he would damage the role, and strongly refuting allegations of homophobia, saying is comments were misunderstood and taken out of context.