Chris Bryant: The politics of being LGBTQ
While the UK political landscape continues to be fairly uncertain, we’ve got a bit of a soft spot for the man who represents the constituency of Rhondda.
Let’s take a look at the career of Chris Bryant.
Having grown up in Cardiff, Bryant studied English at the University of Oxford.
Following graduation, Bryant joined the clergy of the Church of England with whom he served as a priest until 1991.
Bryant subsequently pursued a career as a writer, and held a number of political positions.
Election to parliament
Bryant was pre-selected to the safe Labour seat of Rhondda for the 2001 general election, and he comfortably held the seat for the Labour Party.
Bryant was ridiculed by the press in 2003 when he was discovered to have sought anonymous sexual encounters and posted a picture of himself wearing only underwear on gay dating site, Gaydar, whilst an MP.
Bryant later reflected upon his photograph scandal, saying – “It was a wound but it’s a rather charming scar now. I had a period when I barely slept and it was horrible, but I’m very lucky in having a supportive set of friends – MP friends and others – and they looked after me.”
At the time, the media predicted that Bryant wouldn’t survive as a politician, and there was widespread speculation of his possible deselection by the Labour Party. However, Bryant continues to represent the constituency of Rhondda and his electoral performance does not appear to have been negatively impacted by the media coverage of his Gaydar profile.
Bryant entered into a civil partnership with his partner Jared Cranney on 27 March 2010. The ceremony was the first civil partnership ever held in the Houses of Parliament.