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The LGBTory Rainbow Tree Logo
The LGBTory Logo
Motto "The LGBT Conservative Group"
Formation 2006
Type LGBT, Conservative
Purpose LGBT Rights and Conservative Principles
Region served
United Kingdom
National Chairman
Colm Howard-Lloyd
Main organ
National Executive[1]
Affiliations Conservative Party
@LGBTory (Twitter)

LGBTory is an LGBT and Conservative group linked to, but not run, directed or funded by the Conservative Party of the United Kingdom.


The first LGBTory logo.

The first LGBT Conservative group was founded in 1977 under the name CGHE (Conservative Group for Homosexual Equality) and also went under the name TORCHE (the Tory Campaign for Homosexual Equality, 1992 onwards) and Gay Conservatives. The original group ceased it's activities in 2004 [2][3][4] and in 2006[citation needed], LGBTory was formed. LGBTory attends pride events across the UK including Leeds,[5] Manchester,[6] Brighton[7] and London.[8] It also works to promote LGBT Equality within the Conservative Party[9] and in the UK, campaigning against the Gay Blood Ban[10] and for marriage equality.[11]


The name LGBTory came under scrutiny[when?] when members of the Trans community felt that it was missing the letter T and actually read LGB-Tory rather than the play on words and correct LGBT-ory. Then Chairman Matthew Sephton pointed out during an interview on a local Manchester BBC radio show that this was not the case and that the organisation does indeed have Trans members. He further claimed that the name of the Liberal Democrats' LGBT organisation, Delga,[12] made no attempt to refer to the Trans community nor the bisexual community.


LGBTory National Chairman 2009-2014 Matthew Sephton.

The founder and first official chairman of LGBTory was Anastasia Beaumont-Bott and it was under her Chairmanship that Mayor of London Boris Johnson attended and led the London Pride March in 2008.[8] Beaumont-Bott later defected to Labour[13] following Chris Grayling's controversial comments about gay couples in B&Bs but subsequently quit politics.[citation needed]

The second chairman of LGBTory was Edward Butler-Ellis; under his chairmanship official membership was founded to the organisation.[citation needed]

The next Chairman of LGBTory was Matthew Sephton, who served 2009-2014;[14][not in citation given] under his leadership LGBTory expanded with the organisation attending more pride events than ever.[citation needed]

In January 2014, Colm Howard-Lloyd took over as LGBTory Chairman.[citation needed]

LGBTory events[edit]

LGBTory members at Pride London 2011.

LGBTory is present at social meet ups, meals and drinks, Gay Pride events, and HIV vigils across the country.[15]Template:Verification Failed Each year LGBTory hold a drinks reception at Conservative Spring Forum and at Conservative Party Conference they host 'Conference Pride', hold a joint fringe event with Stonewall, have events for Parliamentarians and hold member exclusive events such as meals. In addition LGBTory host many fundraising events across the UK, Parliamentary receptions in The Palace of Westminster for members of both the House of Lords and House of Commons, and organise campaign days to support candidates. LGBTory officers also represent the organisation at David Cameron's LGBT Downing Street garden reception.[citation needed]

Conference Pride[edit]

Tuesday 6 October 2009 during Conservative Party Conference saw LGBTory host 'Conference Pride'[16] in Manchester.

Conference Pride was held in SPIRIT nightclub on Manchester's Canal Street[17] with a live performance from Angie Brown[18] and a free cocktail on the door. Tickets at the cost of £15[17] were available both on the internet and at the Party Conference ticket booth.

The event also had extremist anti-gay Christian groups protesting outside as well as left-wing protest groups which included Queer Youth Network and Reclaim the Scene.[19][20] Conference Pride has continued to be a prominent event[according to whom?] ever since 2009, being held each year at LGBT locations across both Manchester and Birmingham.[citation needed]

LGBTory campaigns[edit]

LGBTory are continuously lobbying on LGBT issues and have contacted every single Conservative MP on several occasions since 2010 General Election. The organisation supports the governments plans for marriage equalisation and further supports the government on several policies that effect LGBT individuals. The organisation has a strong working relationship with several Minsters, MPs, Members of the House of Lords and government ministries.


LGBTory has several patrons.[21] As of January 2015, these are currently:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "National Executive". LGBTory. 
  2. ^ Rayside, David Morton (1998). On the Fringe: Gays and Lesbians in Politics. Cornell University Press. ISBN 9780801483745. 
  3. ^ "News". TORCHE. 
  4. ^ "Catalogue of the papers of the Conservative Group for Homosexual Equality (later Tory Campaign for Homosexual Equality)". London School of Economics Archives. 
  5. ^ "Gay MP speaks at Leeds Pride". Pink News. 3 August 2010. 
  6. ^ Dunning, Joanne (2 September 2009). "Manchester Pride gets political!". Lesbian and Gay Foundation. [dead link]
  7. ^ "Tories to parade themselves at Brighton Pride". Pink News. 1 August 2008. Retrieved 2010-05-20. 
  8. ^ a b "Tories will walk with Boris at their first Pride London". Pink News. 4 July 2008. 
  9. ^ "Tory LGBT group calls for ‘official reprimand’ for Tory MEP who said homophobia was propaganda". Pink News. 12 August 2009. 
  10. ^ James Sanders (1 August 2010). "Conservative gay group launch blood ban campaign". Pink Paper. Archived from the original on 13 July 2012. Retrieved 2012-01-28. 
  11. ^ "UK gay rights groups (with one exception) set out positions on marriage equality". Pink News. 18 August 2010. 
  12. ^ ""DELGA"? ("Liberal Democrats for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Action")". DELGA. Retrieved 2010-05-20. 
  13. ^ Savage, Michael (8 April 2010). "I'm voting Labour, founder of Tory gay rights group says". The Independent. 
  14. ^ "ConservativeHome's Seats & Candidates blog: Matthew Sephton selected to take on Hazel Blears in Salford and Eccles". Conservative Home. 6 December 2009. 
  15. ^ "Conservative gay group launched at Manchester Pride". Pink News. 2009-09-01. Retrieved 2010-05-20. 
  16. ^ "First official gay Tory party hailed a success despite Stonewall boycott". Pink News. 7 October 2009. Retrieved 2010-05-20. 
  17. ^ a b "Conservative Conference ‘Gay Pride’ party". TrueBlueBlood. July 2009. Archived from the original on 23 February 2011. 
  18. ^ Daily Mail Reporter (August 27, 2009). "Vote blue, go pink: Tory logo turns rainbow in attempt to win the gay vote". Daily Mail. Retrieved January 11, 2015. 
  19. ^ "Gay Tory group’s anger over ‘Shame’ nightclub". Pink News. 6 October 2009. Retrieved 2010-05-20. 
  20. ^ "Protests dent Tory gay pride in Manchester". Lesbilicious. 10 July 2009. Archived from the original on 4 October 2011. 
  21. ^ "Patrons". LGBTory.