Kellie Maloney has said that she regrets making a string of homophobic comments in the past – and now doesn’t know what her own sexuality is.
The former UKIP candidate and boxing manager came out as transgender in August, before signing up to appear on Celebrity Big Brother.
Prior to her transition, Maloney attracted criticism for homophobic remarks, claiming that she would ban pride marches.
She also told the BBC in 2004 that she would not campaign in the London borough of Camden, because there were “too many gays”.
She apologised for some of the comments in September, but added: “I still don’t think that children should be brought up in same-sex marriages.”
In an interview with EQView today, she said: “I accept comments I made in the past were wrong.
“If you knew Frank Maloney, if you were there when I made those remarks – you would have seen the smirk on my face.
“I knew it was wrong but I was saying it in jest.
“The UKIP councillors working for me at the time were gay – they told me it was silly, it was a mistake.”
She added that her daughter had found out about the comments, and added: “She told me it was bad too.”
Of her own sexuality, she said: “I don’t know what my sexuality is, I might see the man of my dreams, I might see the woman of my dreams, I can’t close a door and I’m always prepared in life.
“If a multi-millionaire walked through those door now… I’m gone!”
Anti-gay Catholic cardinal Raymond Burke has claimed that parents should keep their children away from gay relatives.
Cardinal Raymond Burke – who heads the influential Apostolic Signatura within the church – was previously the Archbishop of St Louis.
He said: “If homosexual relations are intrinsically disordered, which indeed they are as reason teaches us and also our faith, then what would it mean to grandchildren to have present at a family gathering a family member who is living [in] a disordered relationship with another person?
“If it were another kind of relationship, something that was profoundly disordered and harmful, we wouldn’t expose our children to that relationship… and neither should we do it in the context of a family member who not only suffers from same-sex attraction, but who has chosen to live out that attraction, to act upon it, committing acts which are always and everywhere wrong, evil.”
Cardinal Burke is one of the most homophobic figures in the modern Catholic Church, and has previously claimed: “[Homophobia is] simply announcing the truth, helping people to discriminate right from wrong in terms of their own activities.”
He was removed from the Vatican Committee last year in favour of the less outspoken Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington, but continues to have a senior role within the Church.
He was rumoured last month to be facing demotion to an entirely ceremonial post, but after objection from right wing groups, no such demotion has materialised.
Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio claimed this week that the Church would “never” change its policy on same-sex couples, saying: “To bless this type of union… to say that they are like [heterosexual] marriages, never.”
#UKIP leader Nigel Farage has been accused of “a new level of ignorance”, after proposing a blanket ban on people with HIV entering the UK.
Farage made the comments in a Newsweek interview, and when asked which kinds of people should be allowed to enter the UK, he said: “People who do not have HIV, to be frank. That’s a good start. And people with a skill.”
When challenged by Newsweek interviewer Robert Chalmers on the issue, he said: “There are 190 countries in the world that operate like that. That is what Britain should do. I have never said that we should not take refugees. We have a proud record of accepting refugees.”
Then, on the Today Programme on Radio 4, Farage suggested that a similar ban was in effect in the US and Australia, and said those with “life threatening diseases” should not be allowed to migrate to the UK because the NHS would have to treat them.
He said: “We should do what America does, what Australia does, what every country in the world does. We want people who have trade and skills. But we do not want people with criminal records and we cannot afford to have people with life threatening diseases,
“We have leading cancer experts in Britain saying the burden now of treating overseas people is leading to huge shortages in the system. I do not think those (immigrants) with life threatening diseases should be treated by NHS”.
There was previously a blanket ban on people living with HIV entering the US, which operated between 1987 and 2009.
Farage said he would also ban those with murder convictions from entering the UK, as well as that he would like to be appointed as minister for Europe at next year’s general election.
He said he would like to be remembered as the man who secured independence from the EU for Britain.
Dr Rosemary Gillespie, chief executive of the Terrence Higgins Trust, condemned Farage for bracketing people who had tested positive for HIV with murderers. She said: “The idea that having HIV should be used as a black mark against someone’s name is ridiculous and shows an outrageous lack of understanding of the issue.
“It is to the UK’s credit that for more than three decades successive governments, no matter their political stamp, have refused to put in place border controls against people living with HIV.
“Major international organisations, including the United Nations, agree that such draconian measures would have no impact on the epidemic.
“In bracketing those living with the condition with murderers, and suggesting there is no place for them in his vision of Britain, Mr Farage has stooped to a new level of ignorance. He should be truly ashamed.”
The comments by Farage came as Douglas Carswell, who defected to UKIP earlier this year, won at the Clacton by-election last night. :Labour’s candidate in the Heywood and Middleton by-election only beat UKIP by just over 600 votes.
Being Transgender or Gay is not a choice, being Transphobic or Homophobic is, so don't be a Twonk