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UK: Thames Valley sees rise in recorded homophobic crime

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  1. Robert in S. Kensington 19 Apr 2013, 1:25pm

    Let’s hope this is not related to the recent violence in Paris, Bordeaux and Lille while the equal marriage bill approaches a final vote on tuesday.

  2. Society will cringe due to the lack of knowledge that sadly, they refuse to acknowledge. Many can’t see past the tip of their noses and tend to balk at what they don’t understand. What’s not to understand? Love is Love. It shouldn’t matter whom you love and since marriage is universal, it really shouldn’t matter but since those twits in our society (people in general), can only lash out with violence. A revolution has long since started and it’s gone viral. Social media sites like Facebook have jumped on board. Eventually, this fight will be one for the history books and become so mainstream, that being able to marry the one you love will be law. Homophobe’s beware. Eventually, you’ll all become old news. In the mean time, crimes of this nature will still be rampid, and when we strike back, we will send a message that we won’t be bullied.

  3. Aaron Golightly 19 Apr 2013, 2:32pm

    I’ve investigated homophobic crimes across the country myself and it’s telling just how small a percentage of crimes against gay people result in an arrest or charge compared to hate crimes against other communities. In some areas the figure is less than 1%

  4. I live in Reading in Berkshire and have seen homophobic abuse happen everyday in the street and on public transport, mostly from school children as young as 9. I’ve also witnessed it from adults from walking around the town center, but the sad part is, all the homophobic abuse came from a certain stereotype of person, in the means (chavy) unfortunately when it comes to homophobia, its mostly from certain types of people. The working class letting themselves down again it seems.

    1. Robert in S. Kensington 19 Apr 2013, 4:43pm

      Homophobia is classless. Just listen to some of the hateful rhetoric from some of our MPs in opposition to equal marriage as well as the clergy. Having gay friends, imaginary or otherwise doesn’t give any of them an exemption from the homophobia label either. Jeremy Irons’ recent rant is another example of rampant bigotry and homophobia combined.

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