Chris was the first out-and-proud MP, (Marilyn Waring was outed in the 1980s but she never publicly talked about her sexuality while in parliament) and so holds an important place in our history.
Unfortunately he became one of the biggest (ab)users of parliamentary perks and when criticised for it by the media, he decided to declare the media were acting homophobic. Now when kids are killing themselves over real homophobic bullying, we think it’s kinda disgusting to pull that card.
It went all downhill from there and was a sad end to one of the country’s most capable MPs and ministers. It tarnished what could have been an amazing legacy and a great role model for the GLBT-WXYZ community.
Chris is off to Afghanistan now, helping the United Nations fight corruption. Oh dear, the irony!
- Carter: no sorry for gays
- Carter sent home
- Gay role models: Grant Robertson MP
- Chris Carter out!
- Carter auction cancelled