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Boris Johnson meets with police chief to discuss the rise in homophobic crime

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  1. “The Commissioner assured the Mayor that the Met is taking the issue of homophobic crime seriously and he outlined measures that include third party reporting and increased sanctioned detection rates, as well as raising staff and community awareness and efforts to encourage the community to report attacks.”

    He forgot getting rid of LGBT liaision officers, surely that’s an effective measure to tackly homophobic crime, right?

  2. Boris met with the police chief so he could get a pic of himself in a policeman’s hat. It’s a photo opportunity, a sound bite. that’s all.

  3. Too late.

  4. Yes Rose, may be just an opportunity fot a pic!! but actually it rather suits him, doon’t you think? At least he’s meeeting with the police to keep the topic of homophobia on the streets of London in the news. Its appropriate that its today, when there is the vigil at Trafalgar Square.

  5. Some people should really check their facts before opening their mouths, that photo is actually from the Sikh New Year Festival celebrations which Boris attended.
    Try not to make assumptions before you actually do some research, it’s not hard..

  6. Perhaps Pink News could find a more appropraite photo to support the seriousness of the article!!

  7. Ah! thank you pinknews thats a much better photo!!
    Lets hope it was a useful meeting.

  8. Boris obviously likes photo opportunities.

  9. For the record, I think the issue of homophobic crime is VERY important. I am only sceptical of Boris Johnson’s support for it. Lizzie said it was appropriate that he meets today, when the vigil is in Trafalgar Square. But the cynical view is that it’s convenient. He’s jumping on the bandwagon of something that is in the public eye right now to make political hay.

    Anyway, it’s a five minute walk from where I am right this minute to the vigil. I’ll be heading off there in a bit. I know some other people who are coming later.

  10. A bit of nice PR for Boris while the Met LGBT dedicated officers.

    Nice sound bite but the reality is the opposite to what’s said. While we get slaughtered on the streets.

  11. Photo opportunity

    Nothing more, nothing less

    He cut the equality and diversity section once he was elected
    He withdrew from Stonewall champions once elected
    He has dismantled any LGBT machinary which would allow him to think stragegically about homophobic hate crimes

    Photo, sound bites ineptitude.

  12. Simon Murphy 31 Oct 2009, 2:51am

    No 10: Abi1975: you say: “While we get slaughtered on the streets.”

    A bit of perspective may be called for.
    There has certainly been a rise in anti-queer violence but I don’t think it is at worrying levels yet. Queers are a minority, therefore we are automatic targets. It’s still just random attacks though. That is horrible I know, but it is the reality.

    I like this vigil tonight as it’s a sign that the rise in violence is being noticed. And that is a good sign. We must stay alert and not allow it to be ignored.

  13. Boris criticised Ken Livingstone because of the level of knife crime in London… Has it changed anything since he was made mayor? Now that Boris has inherited this and other nightmares, I hope the next candidate uses the same ridiculous political arguments to dethrone this buffoon.

  14. Marc Weide 31 Oct 2009, 3:55pm

    After attending the vigil last night and reading this, what I am left to wonder is what people will actually do to stop hate crime. There was much talk of “not accepting what had happened”. There was some talk of the importance of educating teenagers, as hate crime derives from frustration about one’s lot and ignorance of that of others. But there seemed to be no mention of what is actually going to be done in schools to educate teenagers (and their parents) better. I believe this should involve more than just people talking at teenagers.

    “Homophobia is bad, you shouldn’t say homophobic things” is not a lesson that is going to stop hate crime. It only starts when pupils feel safe enough to say, in a well-led discussion: “I’m not comfortable with homosexuality”, or even “It’s disgusting”. Only then can the ignorance that leads to such views be addressed in a constructive way.

  15. Marc: For once, a voice of reason. The trouble is that so many on here just immediately jump and accuse people of homophobia whenever they hear the slightest defamatory remark about LGBT people.

    I think there is a lot of homophobia about, however, the majority of it, I believe is not malicious, but out of simple ignorance. I was once ‘caught’ snogging my BF at the time in Finsbury Park station at about 1am whilst waiting for a train, by two black youngsters. One asked if we were kissing, I think expecting us to suddenly react, go red in the face and run away. Instead, I replied “Yes. And…?” And we ended up in a discussion as to the fact we were gay, and what all that entailed. I pointed out that he was born black. Nothing he could do about it. If he wanted to moan about it, and carry a chip on his shoulder all his life, he could. Alternatively, he could just take life, and it’s critics, on the chin and get on with it. He and his mate saw the parallels and hopefully walked away slightly more enlightened.

    It NEEDS people to talk, instead of knee-jerk react. We shouldn’t force people to accept us, they should see it as a natural part of everyday life, and not feel threatened.

  16. Wow, it must be a full moon. I agree with RobN.

  17. Matt Sephton 2 Nov 2009, 6:47pm

    Well, done Boris! (And thank you Pink News for coming up with a far more suitable picture for the article!)

    We need high profile people like the Mayor of London meeting the Police to ensure that this sort of crime is stamped out once and for all in our society.

    To answer those critics of Boris above, Boris’s campaign for Mayor of London was run by an openly gay man (Dan Ritterband) who is now Director of Marketing for London. Also, TWO OUT OF THREE of Boris’s Deputy Mayors (Richard Barnes, who addressed the vigil on Friday, and Sir Simon Milton, ex-Leader of Westminster City Council) are also openly gay. Those facts, combined with the news that Boris is doing practical jobs like meeting the Police Commissioner to ensure hate crime is taken and dealt with seriously, should give us confidence that the Mayor of London is well and truly on the side of LGBT people and it is NOT just soundbites and cuddly talk for a one-off occasion.

  18. @Matt Sephton

    How does being “Openly Gay” qualify you to tackle homophobia, do these openly gay men have expertise in this area apart from their sexual orientation.

    You say that Boris is doing practical jobs like meeting the Police Commissioner to ensure hate crime is taken and dealt with seriously. . . When did Boris become an expert on “homophobia” and “Heterosexism”?

    Since Boris is taking these issues so seriously, why has he decided to distance himself from expertise in this area, i.e. stonewall.

    As I said earlier this is just and opportunity for photos, sound bites and ultimately ineptitude.. . . a little bit like your post

  19. Go Boris!!

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