Dear Rosie Cooper,
My name is Kashka, I sit on the committee of Merseyside LGBT Students' Network and I'm also the President of Edge Hill's LGBT+ Society. I originally planned to contact you a few weeks ago to invite you to partake in a debate we're holding for LGBT History Month entitled 'Is Equal Marriage the final battle for LGBT liberation'.
After the vote in parliament on equal marriage, and you decision to vote against it, you can understand why I am now not inviting you to speak. I don't believe there are words to explain to you just how poisonous and destructive your actions have been. The decision to vote against granting equal rights to same sex couples was shared by bigots from the conservative party and UKIP. As an individual I am hurt, as an activist I am scared and as someone who has lived in West Lancashire for the majority of my life and been under the care of the local authority; I am horrified. I'm horrified that people around the country will see your name on the list of shame (so it's entitled in an online blog) and think that your vote reflect the opinions of those in the area. I'm horrified that the local young people, who are too scared to come out as gay, bisexual, lesbian or trans* will see that their local government sees them as less than their heterosexual peers and this will feed internalised homophobia.
You have failed to represent these young people. You have failed to represent me. You have failed to represent the any of the LGBT people in the district. You have failed. You have hidden behind 'morals' without thinking of consequence, without thinking of representation and because of that; you have failed yourself. I will eternally remember that the person 'representing' me in parliament believes that I am not entitled to marry. I had previously voted Labour because I saw them as a progressive party. Maybe they still are and if you consider them to be; maybe you should consider leaving.
The damage you have done is permanent and there's nothing Christian about it.
Yours, a former Labour supporter,