Former boxing promoter Kellie Maloney, who recently came out as a trans woman, does not believe same-sex families should raise children.
Maloney, who ran as a UKIP candidate in London’s mayoral election in 2004, had previously faced criticism for expressing anti-gay views.
Speaking to The Telegraph, she said: ‘All I will say is that going through the transgender experience doesn’t mean suddenly I have the same opinions on everything as everyone in the LGBT community. I still don’t think that children should be brought up in same-sex marriages.’
During her campaign to become mayor of London, Maloney had refused to campaign in Camden, stating there were ‘too many gays.’
She also said: ‘What I have a problem with is them openly flaunting their sexuality.’
Maloney has since apologised for the comments, telling The Telegraph: ‘Look, I was caught off guard. These were just silly, off-the-cuff remarks. I’m not homophobic. I have gay friends. And my recent experiences have left me wiser and more tolerant.’
Maloney has also discussed the support she has received from friends and family since coming out, with Lennox Lewis and Neil Harris offering good wishes.
Her mother had told her: ‘You are my child, and I will always love you no matter what.
‘We’ll just change the “i” in Francis to the feminine “e”.’