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Teenager jailed for kicking gay man in the face

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  1. Orlaith Hendron 18 Feb 2011, 2:14pm

    Punishing him this way won’t change much, why don’t they educate him by making him do his community service with an LGBT organization so he can get to understand and learn, this is the only way to get rid of prejudice!

  2. agreed and he will be back in the same community possible angry and vengeful

  3. Too lenient. And the £300 compensation is feeble.

  4. We seem to be surrounded by homophobia and attacks on our community. But where is the voice that stands up for us? The police seem to think that they are all isolated incidents and the Con Dem govt are stone silent! We do not seem to have a voice that raises the rightfull concerns of a more and more fearfull section of society.

  5. de Villiers 18 Feb 2011, 5:47pm

    > the Con Dem govt are stone silent

    I am not sure that is correct. The Prime Minister, Francis Maude, Theresa May and Lynne Featherstone have all stated on multiple occasions that hostility and discrimination towards gay people is unacceptable.

  6. Steve@GayWebHosting 18 Feb 2011, 8:13pm

    “The Prime Minister, Francis Maude, Theresa May and Lynne Featherstone have all stated on multiple occasions that hostility and discrimination towards gay people is unacceptable.”

    Really? Do something about it then! After all, actions speak far louder than soundbites.

  7. de Villiers 18 Feb 2011, 10:20pm

    > After all, actions speak far louder than soundbites.

    Not necessarily. Changing public discourse and the terms of public debate itself changes people’s attitudes and actions.

  8. friday jones 19 Feb 2011, 12:00am

    A home invasion gay bashing that involved kicking a person in the head and they pretty much got off with a slap on the wrist for it. This kind of behavior is on an escalating spectrum of violence that generally ends in mayhem or even homicide.

  9. It’s not just against gays though, it’s anyone who looks at some illiterate chav wrongly, or who doesn’t dress or act like a chav. This is in some places largely a society of inbreds who we have to scuttle past and avert our eyes be we straight, gay, old, young, ginger, wearing glasses, a goth or wearing the wrong shade coat or (gulp) no baseball cap. It’s a horrible sign of the way chav mentality has ruined the country and everyone seems powerless against it. There’s no help if you complain and neighbours no longer rally round, everyone feels isolated because people don’t get involved with their communities any longer.

  10. We are gay MEN, not mice and if this thug had tried this with me he would have been leaving on a coroners stretcher, no if ands or buts about it. It’s time we stood up for ourselves and let it be known we wont wait for the law to Not deal with these morons.. I have always gone after anyone who has homophobically abused me and let me say it didn’t happen a second time. Those two round things hanging from your crotch are balls, boys. Use them!!

  11. James…How cowardly is your response. What you should have said was, this dude better stay well away from gay men in future. If the law won’t deal with him we will. Angry and vengful works both ways.

  12. @Boston, you seem to suggest getting every straight person in the country to be scared of us is the way to end gay bashing? It wouldn’t work. Don’t get me wrong, whenever I have come across homophobia I have stood up for myself both verbally and physically, but it is not really an attitude to adopt if we want to get anywhere…furthermore, not all people (gay or straight btw) are very good at fighting. Being a man doesn’t mean you’re a big hard thug and this “get some balls” attitude is a little childish. I’m sure Mr Gibbons has put his balls to great use in his life time, but this was a case of two against one, and for all we know Mr Gibbons is a 9 stone skinny guy and these neanderthals are down the gym five times a week pumping steroids… I think it’s almost offensive to suggest this makes him a lesser man.

    The person who suggested community service in an LGBT organisation is a much better response. I have met a lot of people who have said things along the lines of, “I used to hate gay people when I was younger, and then I got to know you, and you’ve changed my opinion.” Ignorance (well, and religion) is the fuel for homophobia, that is all. Remove the ignorance, and everything else gets a lot nicer :)

  13. In the good old days a standard defence against charges of attacking a gay was that “he made unwanted advances”. Fortunately that load of old toffee doesn’t seem to work anymore.

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