The Labour Party leader gave an impassioned speech about solidarity with people whatever their sexuality but raised eyebrows for his phrasing.
Speaking alongside Rotherham MP Sarah Champion, Mr Corbyn told an audience: “We’re with you, we’re in solidarity with you. Your triumphs are our triumphs.
“Our defence of you is a defence of all of humanity and the right of people to practise the life they want to practise, rather than be criminalised, brutalised and murdered, simply because they chose to be gay, they chose to be lesbian, they were LGBT in any form.”
The video clip, captured by Pink News, was posted to social media and users were quick to hit out at the politician.
Jeremy Corbyn has come under fire for his comments at the event
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Our defence of you is a defence of all of humanity and the right of people to practise the life they want to practise, rather than be criminalised, brutalised and murdered, simply because they chose to be gay
Twitter user @linzisueboo said: “Latest comments by Corbyn that people choose to be gay… I gave up my labour membership just in time. Ugh.”
@PaulBurston said: “Corbyn thinks people ‘choose to be gay’? That's the kind of talk I expect from religious fundamentalists, not the leader of the Labour Party.”
And @Smartartz added: “So @jeremycorbyn thinks people choose to be gay. That’s like saying Jeremy Corbyn CHOOSES to be the worst leader in Labour History.”
Others defended the politician’s use of language.
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Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn takes part in a community meeting at the Guru Har Rai Gurdwara Sahib temple
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Britain's opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn speaks at an anti-racism rally in London
“You can criticise Corbyn for a million things. But to criticise him in relation to gay rights is both laughable and reprehensible,” said @jeremyforlab.
And @MrMatthewTodd added: “Jeremy Corbyn was supporting gay people in the 80s when almost no MPs would. Clumsy use of language? Yes. Homophobic? Ridiculous.”
The Labour press office has since responded to the controversy with a short statement.
A spokesman told Pink News: “Jeremy clearly doesn’t believe that being gay is a choice.
“He obviously meant people should be able to choose how they live their lives.”
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