London Mayor Bans 'Gay Cure' Bus Ads
We're 'intolerant of intolerance,' says Boris Johnson
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 13, 2012 1:50 AM CDT
Updated Apr 13, 2012 2:09 AM CDT
Mayor of London Boris Johnson meets voters in Richmond after launching his re-election bid this month. He has yanked anti-gay ads from London buses.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – London Mayor Boris Johnson has stepped in to stop the city's buses from carrying ads suggesting that homosexuality can be "cured." The ads—mimicking a "Some people are gay. Get over it!" campaign from the Stonewall gay rights group—read: "Not gay! Post-gay, ex-gay and proud. Get over it!" The bus ads, bought by a Christian group which funds "reparative therapy" for gay Christians, had been scheduled to start appearing on buses in the British capital on Monday, reports the BBC.

"London is one of the most tolerant cities in the world, and intolerant of intolerance," Johnson said. "It is clearly offensive to suggest being gay is an illness someone recovers from, and I am not prepared to have that suggestion driven around London on our buses." Stonewall's chief executive slammed the "clearly homophobic" ads, saying that the "promotion of this voodoo therapy is hugely irresponsible, given the damage that it appears to do to some people."

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Apr 13, 2012 10:01 PM CDT
How would you feel if your lifestyle, a lifestyle that you probably agonized over before accepting it and yourself, was referred to as a sickness? Can you imagine confronting that medieval mindset every time you see a bus? This so-called 'reparative therapy' has been shown to NOT WORK, over and over again. It's like getting therapy for being left-handed. You aren't going to fix it. You can make them behave like a right hander, but they will always be a lefty.
Apr 13, 2012 6:51 PM CDT
"Tolerance" is just a code word for "intolerance". In Europe, you can be sent to jail for speaking up about "certain groups", but in America there is no restriction on freedom of speech. White Britons and Europeans have to stand up for freedom of speech and protest such things as this. The mayor of London needs to be picketed and protested night and day over his decision of rescinding of freedom of speech. It is immoral and undemocratic to deny a people their right to freedom of speech without being persecuted for it. Remember the Philiadelphia Six!!
Apr 13, 2012 8:42 AM CDT
Good call, Boris. I find it amazing how hateful some of these 'Christians' can be.