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Ian Baynham’s family urges better reporting of hate crimes

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  1. It’s amazing if anyone thinks Britain is a gay friendly country. Being identified as gay by so much as publicly holding hands can lead to vigilante death squads.

  2. Jock S. Trap 17 Dec 2010, 8:30am

    This is a failing that Labour must take the blame for. Whilst It was good to remove Section 28, Labour failed to replace it leaving this kind of behaviour to breed.

    Thanks to them we now have homophobic ferrel children roaming the streets.

  3. Jock S. Trap 17 Dec 2010, 8:32am

    In case anyone picks I meant replace it with teaching about LGBT relationships!

  4. I agree, in Britian we tend to tolerate difference but we don’t seem to accept it. It’s something that’s forced onto us from a young age as opposed to something we come to understand as the norm.

    Labout didn’t adress the problems that section 28 left and it has caused serious issues which arguably have led to this man’s death.

    However, we need to start taking responsiblity and ensuring that we’re not hidden from public view which the authorities tend to make happen.

    We also need to make others accountable for crimes of this nature and ensure they take full responsibilty – not make excuses for them which tends to be the current trend.

  5. I’m so sorry to read about what happened to Mr Baynham and, yes, it does make me really angry.

    I’m one of the lucky ones. A few years back, I was coming home from evening class and I was almost attacked by a 15-strong group of teenagers (mostly lads) for being transgendered. Fortunately, I lived nearby and managed to run to safety.

    I often wonder what Britain would have been reading in the tabloids had I been seriously beaten up, raped or killed by them.

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