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UK report: Homophobia in prisons is endemic, but often unreported or ignored

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  1. Homophobia is wrong – no matter where it is.

    It is particularly wrong to use prejudice, discrimination or hatred as a tool to suppress people. It forms a type of bullying and oppression that is completely unjustifiable. Therefore whilst prison staff must maintain control and that may involve some assertive stances, homophobia, racism, transphobia etc etc should not be a tool in the armoury of the staff.

    It should be noted that the type of establishment and the culture of prisons is such that complaints in some areas will be readily made – sometimes maliciously. Equally, there are other types of complaints that many prisoners will be reticent to make.

    Clearly, prisoners are there for a reason but that does not mean they should expect to have to tolerate homophobia, racism etc

    1. Well said Stu.

      I fear prison is the sort of environment where “hate crime” could happen more than in other places, which is why particular attention is needed to stop it happening.

  2. PumpkinPie 28 Nov 2011, 3:47pm

    Prison staff found guilty abusing inmates – including the use of homophobia, transphocia, racism et al. – should be made to join those inmates, even if it’s only for a short stay.

    With the fear of that looming over their heads, I think they’d get their acts together pretty sharpish.

    1. GingerlyColors 29 Nov 2011, 6:43am

      Bit funny here, I am a big fan of Prisoner Cell Block H and in one incident one of the prison officers copped a three day custodial sentance for Contempt Of Court. As it was a civil and not a criminal offence she was allowed to return to work as a prison officer upon release.

  3. And it’s just a coincidence that the equality and diversity managers, who are paid a small fortune, are often muslim?

    1. Disgusted Tunbridge Wells! 28 Nov 2011, 9:37pm

      In which reality is this?

    2. James – if you substituted the word ‘muslim’ for ‘jew’ you’d be regarded as an insane extremist.

      Terrifying to see how people are being dehumanised in the manner favoured by James.

      No wonder the BNP is on the ascendant and as gay people that should terrify us.

  4. My step-dad was a senior prison officer and they would put a gay guy in the same sell as a right-winger in the hope the gay guy would commit suicide.

    We no longer speak to each other.

    1. Unbelievable.

  5. Children are not born with hatred in their hearts.

    Homophobia is a learned behavior, and it is a mental illness.

    There is a need for clinical work here.

  6. GingerlyColors 29 Nov 2011, 6:37am

    The one about not dropping the soap in the prison showers is a standing joke but life for most LGBT prisoners is difficult. Prisons are a hate-filled enviorment and most criminals, particularly violent ones who earn the custodial sentances have no empathy with their victims. Short of segregating different types of prisoners I cannot really see a viable solution to that problem. In the U.S.A. prisoners segregate themselves along racial lines and the different races (the Whites, Hispanics, Blacks, etc) make up strict rules on which part of the exercise yard they use and which shower heads, toilets and sinks they use with severe punishments for those who infringe them. There is no room for openly gay men in the tough U.S. prison system.

  7. cogitoergosumleo 29 Nov 2011, 8:34am

    Hi Guyz!

    I wish the idiots who write headlines go back to high school and learn English!

    Heaven forbid!
    The word endemic cannot refer to homophobia.
    This would classify homophobia as a disease!

    OMG! the aleady sick homophobes now have their own disease!

    Take heart you homophobes!
    While the headlines scream out endemic the story begins with:

    “A new report claims that while homophobia is widespread in the UK prison system…”

    Take heart you homophobes: you are not endemic but widespread, however you lot should be on the endangered species list.

    How widespread? … 5000 in the british prison system… the UK prison population stands at around 97,000

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Kingdom_prison_population

    A quick calculation would show that the so called endemism is approximately 5% of the UK prison population.

    Homophobia is neither endemic nor widespread in the UK prison population.

    Take note editors.

    Luvya’ll excluding homophobes (seriously)

    Leon 

    Endemic

    belonging or native to a particular people or country

    characteristic of or prevalent in a particular field, area, or environment

    (epidemiology) restricted or peculiar to a locality or region

    wikipedia.org

    1. You’re getting your homosexuals and your homophobes confused. The 5000 reported in the article refers to the estimated amount of gays in prison not the amount of homophobes.

      So your % calculation is meaningless

  8. Seán McGouran 29 Nov 2011, 10:34am

    This is now the UK’s (vastly over-crowded) prison system works. ‘Divide and conquer’ is the strategy – racism and every other ‘-ism’ is used. Anti-Irish feeling was used in the ’70s. I’ve heard non-English speaking people being screamed at:- “English only!” Part of the solution to this problem is trying to convince magistrates not to clog the prisons. Most people in Brit prisons are on very short sentences.

  9. Denis de Lacy 29 Nov 2011, 11:22pm

    I was sent to prison and advised by my solicitors to go on the segregation wing along with the paedophiles, rapists and other sex crime inmates. I refused. What kind of message does this put out? When people hear that a gay man is in prison it is automatically assumed he is in there for committing a sexual offence – WRONG!!! Prison is a very dangerous place for all men, even more so for gays. I had to hide my sexuality which caused all sorts of mental anguish and had to be on my guard the whole time. Suicidal thoughts were often running through my mind. Something needs to be done to make it more fairer for gays.

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