Ann Widdecombe's one-woman show axed over homophobic comments

The cancellation comes in the wake of her claims that science "may produce an answer" to being LGBT+.

Anne Widdecombe speaking into a microphone before the cancellation of her one-woman show

Theatre company Selladoor has canceled an ‘evening with’ show which was set to be hosted by newly elected MEP Anne Widdecombe over a number of anti-LGBT+ comments she has made.

The Brexit Party member has gained notoriety over branding transgender rights as ‘lunacy’ and supporting business who have refused to serve LGBT+ customers.

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More recently, Widdecombe claimed that the scientific advancements in transgender healthcare meant that it was apt to assume that science may one day allow people to “switch sexuality” which would, in effect, “produce an answer” to being LGBT+.

“I’ve merely said that if you simply rule out the possibility of it, you are denying people who are confused about their sexuality or discontented with it, the chances that you do give to people who want to change gender.”

Upon hearing such comments, David Hutchinson, CEO of Selladoor, tweeted that he was “disgusted”, and that his company would never provide a stage for such “vile people”, immediately axing her upcoming show.

He told The Stage:

“Following her disgusting gay therapy comments over the weekend, my programming team and I immediately decided to cancel the scheduled event, as we flatly refuse to offer a stage to someone who wishes to promote such vile opinion.”

Hutchinson added: “We welcome everyone in the community to our theatres, and operate a fully inclusive and respectful approach to programming. We don’t seek to prevent discussions where there might be differences in opinion – but in this case, there is no discussion to be had. Ann’s comments are divisive, disrespectful and foolishly ignorant.”

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Other British public figures have come forward condemning Widdecombe’s comments. Labour MP Luke Pollard tweeted that he was: “Utterly ashamed to be represented by this vile woman. Being gay isn’t a disease to be cured. Ann Widdecombe is  continuing her sick anti-#LGBT campaign.”

Independent MP Nick Boles also claimed: “If only science could produce an answer to the blight of poisonous bigotry that is Ann Widdecombe.”

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