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90% of Gays Should Be Gassed

December 1986

In 1986 the Conservative leader of South Staffordshire Council, , called on 90% of gays and lesbians to be gassed to halt the spread of HIV in the UK.

‘Those bunch of queers that legalise filth in homosexuality have a lot to answer for, and I hope they are proud of what they have done. As a cure I would put 90 percent of queers in the ruddy gas chamber’

The leader of the Labour Group on the council did not challenge him, but agreed. The speech made headline news and prompted protests including one by a group of young gays and lesbians who became known as the .

Mr Brownhill was leader of the council from 1982 until he retired in 2005, and has since been made an Honorary Alderman for his services to public life, despite calling for the mass murder of homosexuals.

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