Gary Powell is the Bow Group’s Research Fellow for Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and the European Special Consultant to the Center for Bioethics and Culture, California. He is a UK conservative political activist and longstanding advocate for gay and lesbian equality.
He argues for respectful and accepting attitudes towards lesbian, gay and bisexual people and also towards transsexual people and all those engaged in a painful struggle with gender dysphoria and related social prejudice. However, he strongly opposes the modern western LGBT+ movement for its adoption of extreme gender ideology, its failure to represent the mainstream LGB community, its lack of respect for the rights of women, children, and people of religious faith, its aggressive attempts to silence and misrepresent even minor dissent from LGBT+ orthodoxy, and for its ever-increasing Eurocentric focus on the self-indulgence of extreme identity politics when LGB people still suffer very serious persecution in many parts of the world. Gary asserts the right of lesbian, gay and bisexual people to organise and meet independently, based on their shared minority characteristic of sexual orientation, and he rejects the very recent attempt to bolt gender identity politics on to the mainstream gay rights movement, given that gender identity is a completely different issue from sexual orientation.
Gary founded a national campaign to improve the monitoring of local authority complaints procedures, which he ran for several years, and he himself has served as a councillor in local government.
He graduated with First Class Honours from Oxford University, where his Philosophy tutors included the Rt Hon Baroness Mary Warnock, who first inspired his interest in the ethics of third-party reproduction. He is an original signatory of the Stop Surrogacy Now Statement and argues for a ban on all forms of surrogacy for all people, regardless of sexual orientation, because of the unacceptable risks and harm it involves, including the exploitation and commodification of women and children.