Police Chiefs 'Told to Hold Events for Gays'; Diversity Laws Give Us No Choice, Say Officers

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Police Chiefs 'Told to Hold Events for Gays'; Diversity Laws Give Us No Choice, Say Officers


Byline: Mark Howarth

POLICE chiefs who host gay social events at public expense claim they are obliged to do so by new sexual equality laws.

Senior officers say they are legally bound to make their premises available for gatherings of minorities including gays and those who have had sex-swap operations.

The claim comes in the wake of a recent gathering at Central Scotland Police headquarters in Stirling, billed as 'an opportunity for transgender people from across Scotland to meet each other'.

Free food was laid on for the visitors, as were taxis to pick them up from Stirling railway station - less than a mile away.

And on Saturday, Strathclyde Police held a gay and transgender recruitment day at Glasgow's Gallery of Modern Art. The event was attended by the Gay Police Association and the National Trans Police Association and designed to 'allay fears' that homosexuals may have about joining the force. But last night critics accused the police of singling out gay people for 'preferential treatment'.

Matthew Elliott, chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: 'This is an absurdity which is clearly irrelevant to the real job of the police.

'People are out there living in fear of crime, so it is not exactly reassuring that the police are wasting time and resources holding politically correct parties.

'The law requires the police to provide an equal service to everyone - that means being out on the streets catching the criminals who threaten the public, not hosting buffets at police headquarters.'

Scottish Tory communities spokesman Jamie McGrigor added: 'It is important that the police are seen to be open to all groups in society but was it necessary to go to such lengths in this case, bearing in mind that times are so hard at the moment? …

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