Faced with pressure on these and other issues, Hendry seems surprisingly reluctant to retaliate to rival barbs, even conceding the that Government has made substantial achievements in recent years pushing forward LGBT rights - largely, he argues, with Conservative support and that of other parties.
"The reality," he bemoans of rivals he maintains keep carping on about the Tory past in order to divisively bolster their political present, "is that the progress made recently has been done on a cross-party basis. It doesn't serve the interests of anyone in the LGBT community either to pretend that this has not been the case or to avoid working together to build further on that consensus."
Claiming his Party has also been working constructively with the likes of Stonewall and THT, Hendry quips: "Preventing homophobic bullying, improving sexual health and providing more support for those working with the gay community are too important to people's lives to be used as political footballs."
Furthermore, Hendry believes much more should be done, particularly to tackle homophobic crimes and bullying. For the past two years he has helped organise events at Parliament exploring - amongst other things - how to make communities safer for young queers. He continues: "We've done this because we are appalled at the threats LGB people face each and every day - abuse in the street, bullying at school - that too often go unrecognised and unreported. Violent crime has almost doubled under Labour, much of it against gay men. It's also shocking that young gay men are more likely to attempt suicide than any other group - school bullies too often get away with their evil taunting."
Hendry seems unphased by some surveys which place the Tories in a poor third place amongst gay voters, behind Labour and the Lib Dems: "Opinion polls are notorious for their inaccuracy, but inevitably it does take time to change perceptions which have been in place for years. Our current changes are permanent and we now need to go a step further and take sexuality out of politics - to reach a stage where a person votes for the Party which reflects their views on health, the economy, community safety or whatever else is important to them, and where issues of sexuality become a thing of the past."
"I recognise the mistakes we have made in the past," Hendry concludes candidly on matters queer, "but this is the vision of the future we should be working towards and those of us who believe strongly in equality can work together to achieve it."
DON'T WASTE YOUR VOTE
OutUK is urging every gay man in the UK to use his vote on Thursday 5th June in both the General Election and the Local Council Elections. Our coverage of the General Election will continue to update you on aspects of the campaign
that affect gay men.
Stonewall are also encouraging us all to vote tactically and you can
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Right up until election day, and after we will also continue to bring you information on the issues that affect gay men. OutUK Reporter Adrian Gillan has been talking to spokespeople for the main political parties:
Nigel Tart - The Green Party
Richard Porter - The Liberal Democrats
Katie Hanson - The Labour Party