Openly gay businessman Ivan Massow last
week announced his bid for London mayor.
He is the first Tory candidate to enter
the contest, which takes place in 2016.
In promoting his candidacy during a
Gaydio radio interview, Massow, a recovering alcoholic sober
since 2008 and a self-made millionaire, said that the London gay
scene has a drug problem.
“You can't ignore the fact that on
the London gay scene, especially gay men more than the gay ladies,
there is a huge drug issue,” he said.
“Unsafe sex has gone to a completely
new level. And weirdly it's quite hard for a straight mayor probably
to deal with some of that because it would come over as homophobic.”
“We have a place at the seat of
society. … [We're] equal members of society but we don't have a
blueprint for how we're supposed to behave as members of society.”
“We need to engage with our own
community,” the 47-year-old Massow added. “How do we want to be
considered? We need to grow up collectively.”