John Bishop makes a very powerful speech at LGBT awards.
Last week John Bishop was named Ally of the Year at the NatWest British LGBT Awards. While receiving the award he made a very touching speech about his gay son.
The comedian, who has supported various LGBT causes, gave a beautiful speech about his family.
He said: “I was so pleased to be nominated.
“I brought my whole family, my wife and my three sons who I love and I am massively proud of.
“Like all parents we have problems with them.
“One of my sons has a tattoo on his ankle that was meant to be Africa but looks like Australia, one of my sons mumbles and one of my sons is a gay man.
“I’ll be honest, there have been loads of nights when me and my wife have sat up and worried and worried and worried.
“What are we going to do if he doesn’t stop mumbling?”
John also called for same-sex marriage to be legalised in Northern Ireland.
He said: “I was in Northern Ireland recently. In Northern Ireland, it is still illegal to have a same-sex marriage.
“I went to have a chat with some people from the Rainbow Trust who put together the biggest gay pride in the whole of Ireland and it was a real lesson to me.
“I spoke to them about when the first pride march happened. It is people like this who really paved the way.
“Now the gay pride in Belfast has 60,000 people turn up.
“The first time they did it just fifty brave souls got together and when they walked down the road they were faced with people stood there with placards.
“They had placards shouting at these people ‘You’re going to hell’, ‘Being gay is a sin’, ‘You’re an abomination’.
“Back then there were more protests than marches. Now they dwarf the protestors.”
He said he’d asked why the marchers still allow the protesters to attend and that he was told they leave a space for them every year, and simply walk on by holding their heads high.
Deservedly the comedian received a standing ovation from the audience of 600 people.
Labour MP Dawn Butler, the Shadow Secretary of State for Women & Equalities, said: “It really was a moving speech. What a wonderful night…. so many great moments.”