Mayor blocks anti-gay adverts appearing on London transport

BORIS Johnson yesterday blocked a Christian advertising campaign that promoted “gay conversion”, saying that London should be “intolerant of intolerance”.

The advert, funded by religious groups opposed to gay marriage, was due to appear on public buses during the next two weeks and declared: “Not gay! Ex-gay, post-gay and proud. Get over it!”

Johnson used his position as chairman of TfL to ban it from the capital’s buses.

“It is clearly offensive to suggest that being gay is an illness that someone recovers from and I am not prepared to have that suggestion driven around London on our buses,” the mayor said.

Labour’s Ken Livingstone backed the mayor but added: “London is going backwards under a Tory leadership that should have made these advertisements impossible.”

Last night the religious groups responsible accused Johnson of censorship, adding that regulators had cleared the advert.