The head of Boris Johnson’s new racial disparity commission has been forced to apologise over comments he made regarding homosexual men.
Tony Sewell was confirmed by the Government as chairman of the new Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities on Thursday.
But it has since emerged he made ‘wrong and offensive’ remarks after the late footballer Justin Fashanu revealed he was gay in 1990.
In a column he wrote for the Voice newspaper, Sewell wrote: ‘We heteros are sick and tired of tortured queens playing hide and seek around their closets. Homosexuals are the greatest queer-bashers around. No other group of people are so preoccupied with making their own sexuality look dirty.’
Apologising for his remarks, Mr Sewell told The Guardian: ‘I am sorry for my comments from 30 years ago which were wrong and offensive. They do not reflect my views today nor indeed the views of modern society.
‘I am committed to championing the cause of equality and diversity across all of our communities, including for LGBT people.’