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MI5's gay-friendly status no secret

By Jane Graham

Published 14/01/2012

Good to hear that MI5 have finally been graded gay-friendly after entering the Top 100 Gay Friendly Employers Index for the first time.

It's hard to believe that it was only a few years ago that the Security Service regarded homosexuals too "vulnerable to corruption" to be considered for enrolment, a view beautifully crystallised by The Office's Gareth Keenan. Gareth, you'll remember, who was a seasoned and very proud TA recruit, suggested that straight soldiers were worried gays might be distracted by a colleague's nice bum, particularly if it was squeezed into fetching army fatigues.

To some, his ideas sounded out of touch, but there are those in Northern Ireland - some located in Stormont of course - who no doubt agreed, and will see MI5's moves to embrace gays as a weak-willed, PC capitulation.

They probably also applauded Gareth's good sense when he said that gays should also be banned from farming, as they "shouldn't be allowed near animals".

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