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Homophobic attack in Worcestershire may threaten Rainbow Picnic celebrations

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  1. Very misleading headline used in this story.

    This story is about a homophobic assault.

    How does the journalist jump to the conclusion that the Rainbow picnics may be cancelled, seeing as that is not even a possibility and none of the facts of the incident, indicate any such outcome?

    Looking for a sensation headline maybe?

    1. Wondered the same thing. There may be a gap in the reported information … i.e. this mysterious voice message may have alluded to the picnics.

      Also given that this hasn’t been brought to the attention of the police yet, it detracts from its credibility / verifiability.

      Seems like this would have benefited from a little more legwork or shelving until the story matured a little.

      That aside, my sympathy and good wishes go to the victim, and I hope he keeps safe.

      1. It’s possible there’s something more to this than meets the eye.

        Why a suspicious voicemail to his partner? Having googled his partner, vigilante attack maybe?

        Although, I agree, no relevance at all to the Rainbow Picnics.

        1. This story has absolutely no relevance whatever to the Rainbow Picnics.

          I guess the writer just wanted to imply some fabricated connection.

          The headline should be changed, as it is both untrue and damaging to the Rainbow Picnics,

    2. I don’t think so.

      ‘Suspicious voicemail’ is the clue.

      Victims phone stolen in attack, used to make voicemail ‘?

      ‘voicemail’ now ‘evidence’?

      Just a guess.

      1. Perhaps.

        But none of the reported facts indicate any cancellation of the Rainbow picnic.

        So the headline remains inaccurate and misleading.

  2. That this kind of thing is being reported regularly in our supposedly enlightened UK is revealing and frightening, and I hope all those people who like to blithely say that everything’s great for us gays these days will think again.

    1. Spanner1960 21 May 2012, 7:18pm

      Yes and no. Some people are just out to pick a fight and if you happen to be in the way, then you’ll do. Just because you happen to be gay probably justifies the reason in their tiny little minds, but the chances are these thugs will pick on anyone given the opportunity.

      Nevertheless, still worrying and totally unacceptable.

  3. The story says “A teenager was the victim of an unprovoked homophobic attack”. I’m not a native speaker of English, so could someone please tell me what is a “provoked homophobic attack”, or what is the difference between a provoked and an unprovoked homophobic attack?

    1. ‘Provoked’ means that the victim may have antagonised the assailant in some way which could have led to the attack. ‘Unprovoked’ being the opposite, that the victim did nothing to bring on the impending attack. Provoked, or unprovoked is not an excuse for the assault.

      1. Thanks. My personal opinion is, that someone cannot provoke a homophobic attack.

        1. Spanner1960 21 May 2012, 7:20pm

          Bit of a legal thing.
          It’s like I find the expression “unlawful killing” rather bizarre – when was it lawful to kill someone?

          1. As a LAST resort of self-defence or in the defending of another whose life is getting actively & imminently threatened.

  4. Cardinal BoomBangaBangBangILuvU 22 May 2012, 1:00am

    I blame certain religious groups and their newspaper supporters for fuelling homophobia.

  5. I hate seeing so many backward people who attack someone just for loving who they love. There is no need for it in a civilised society which leads me to think that the assailants are uncivilised. Fine there is no room in jails but cant we put them in a zoo or something just to keep them away from the decent people who do not want or need them in the community

    1. thedarklady 28 May 2012, 11:37pm

      Very sad and damning inditement of the whole Worcester scene,Worcester has a very poor LGBT reputation these days,even our own”GAY” venue is home to violence on an almost weekly basis!
      As for the comments of DC78,Is that not adding fuel to the fire?
      All for the picnic ,lets hope it repairs some of the damage that was done by the deabacle that was pride 2010/11,The scene in worcester never got over that failure ,best of luck x

  6. thedarklady 28 May 2012, 11:23pm

    Very sad and damning inditement of the whole Worcester scene,Worcester has a very poor LGBT reputation these days,even our own”GAY” venue is home to violence on an almost weekly basis!
    As for the comments of DC78,Is that not adding fuel to the fire?
    All for the picnic ,lets hope it repairs some of the damage that was done by the deabacle that was pride 2010/11,The scene in worcester never got over that failure ,best of luck x

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