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West Midlands Town Gets First Gay Lord Mayor


The Birmingham Mail reports that Councillor Richard Jones will be Sandwell’s first out gay Lord Mayor after being unanimously approved for the role by a strong coalition of both Labour and Conservative groups on the Sandwell Council.  His consort will be his partner of sixteen years, Councillor Richard McVittie.  McVittie wrote “This is a strong message of solidarity, support and celebration, to the LGBT+ community who have been continuously let down by our current government, most recently pitting the LGB against the T due to its negligent attempt to bring a ban to conversion therapy. Councillor Jones has a passion for the under-represented and is keen to be given. Give them a platform as part of his tenure. He and I will be eager to get out and meet and understand the pride that makes up Sandwell’s community and to celebrate what makes Sandwell great.”   

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