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First openly HIV-positive mayor quits as Labor councilor after tweets

Britain’s first openly HIV-positive mayor quits as Labor councilor over a series of racist and abusive tweets using transphobic utterances and comparing Muslim women to penguins

  • Philip Normal, 39, became Britain’s first openly HIV-positive mayor last year
  • Yesterday he resigned as Lambeth Labor councilor over tweets in 2009
  • Found that he had used a transphobic slur and Imade muslim women ‘penguins’
  • South London councilor apologized on Twitter for ‘deep hurt and pain’ caused










A Labor councilor and former mayor has resigned after a series of ‘racist’ and ‘Islamophobic’ tweets.

Philip Normal, 39, the ex-mayor of Lambeth in South London, used an anti-transgender slur, labeled Muslims “extremists” and compared Muslim women to penguins.

Normal, who last year became Britain’s first openly HIV-positive mayor, said he was “deeply sorry” at the reports.

A catalog of tweets dating back to 2009 and 2014 revealed that he used abusive insults, was outraged at “big black men” and simply wrote “tr***y” in block letters 20 times.

Philip Normal, 39, the ex-London Mayor of Lambeth, used an anti-transgender slur and compared Muslim women to penguins in tweets from 2009

Philip Normal, 39, the ex-London Mayor of Lambeth, used an anti-transgender slur and compared Muslim women to penguins in tweets from 2009

A catalog of tweets dating back to 2009 and 2014 revealed that he used abusive insults, was outraged at

A catalog of tweets dating back to 2009 and 2014 revealed that he used abusive insults, was outraged at “big black men” and simply wrote “tr***y” in block letters 20 times

He tweeted on Thursday: ‘I resigned today as a Lambeth councilor and Lambeth Labor candidate for Oval ward.

“I want to apologize once again to everyone I have deeply hurt and hurt because of my past social media posts.”

“I am proud to have served as a ward councilor for Oval and mayor of Lambeth and I am sorry that my past actions before I was elected have undermined the positive work Lambeth Labor councilors are doing to promote equality in our diverse communities. ‘

He added: “I am deeply sorry for the content of some of my historic tweets.

Normal, who last year became Britain's first openly HIV-positive mayor, said he was

Normal, who last year became Britain’s first openly HIV-positive mayor, said he was “deeply sorry” at the reports

“I sincerely apologize to everyone who has seen them and who I have offended by their content.

“When I read them now, I am shocked and deeply disappointed in myself. They are clearly abusive and discriminatory. They do not reflect my views and values ​​today.’

The owner of a t-shirt company, created the ‘La!’ shirt inspired by Channel 4 AIDs drama It’s A Sin which raised over £500,000 for HIV charity Terrence Higgins Trust.

Olly Alexander, the Years and Years singer and star of It's A Sin responded to Normal's apology: 'Extremely disappointing'

Olly Alexander, the Years and Years singer and star of It’s A Sin responded to Normal’s apology: ‘Extremely disappointing’

Olly Alexander, the Years and Years singer and star of It’s A Sin responded to Normal’s apology: “Extremely disappointing.”

Claire Holland, leader of the Lambeth Labor Group, said she “welcomed” his resignation.

Ms Holland added: ‘I deeply regret and share the pain this incident has caused in our community.

“Still, I know that sorry isn’t enough. Many in our community continue to experience racism and are exposed to discrimination in their daily lives.

“There’s a lot we need to do to reach our communities: listen, understand and regain their trust – which I am absolutely committed to.”

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