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London: Barking & Dagenham LGBT Network alarmed over increase in anti-gay crime

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  1. Great. Even more reason for me to move ASAP.

    1. Be cautious. Actual violence may not be happening in “nicer areas”, but the same homophobic and heterosexist feelings exist elsewhere too. (See my earlier post below.)

  2. Mister Fister 2 May 2013, 4:38pm

    The statement from the police that these apparent increases in homophobic crimes are simply due to more victims reporting them to the police does not ring true. What other factors are there in these areas that could be responsible for the rises especially when the levels of homophobic crime are supposedly decreasing in the rest of the capital?

    1. The rather poorly named ‘Coalition for Marriage’, probably.

  3. … and I wonder if there’s a correlation with increased religious homophobic rhetoric? Every time the hateful views of a ‘religious’ spokesperson is reported, it legitimises in the mind of the mindless, that it’s OK to gay bash. It’s GOT to STOP!

  4. Blame the heterosexists who have been angered by our desire to be allowed to get married. They’ve stirred up a mountain of homophobia.

    In our own street, my partner and I have noted the cooling there has been over the past 12 months towards us because of the Marriage Equality issue. We have two straight couples coming round for dinner in a few weeks’ time and while on previous occasions they’ve been gushing in their acceptance, this time it was a tad restrained. Could be an interesting evening!

    1. Maybe you’re reading a little too much into their response – after all, they did accept. It’d be more worrying if they refused, without any convincing excuse.

  5. Jean-Jacques Burlamaqui 3 May 2013, 5:16am

    The Use of the Word “Homophobic” is Reprehensible Unless You Are a Psychiatrist.
    Many homosexuals and their supporters today are the vicious oppressors of liberty. They are the malevolent bigots driven by their own prideful prejudices into seeking vengeance; whether it be by slandering anyone with whom they disagree by labeling them a “homophobe”, demanding the criminalization of anyone who refuses them service, mandatory indoctrination of our youth by the State, or the destruction of religious charities and institutions; their agenda violates the very maxims of Natural Law leaving them only the tyranny of legislative oppression as their ONLY justification.

    1. Bless. Have you fallen through a looking-glass lately?

  6. This could be quite worrying, though there’s also just a possibility that this increase is at least partly due to people feeling more confident about reporting homophobic crime.

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