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Transsexual calls for gender education

PinkNews Staff Writer December 27, 2006
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A transsexual is calling on schools to raise better awareness of gender and sexuality issues after claiming she was subjected to two weeks of “urban terrorism.”

Hull based Rikki Arundel says a gang of 10 youths are repeatedly targeting her with rocks and mud as well as jibes such as “tranny.”

She says the culprits, who wore balaclavas and only stopped when more police took to the streets, also caused hundreds of pounds of damage to her home.

Ms Arundel told the Hull Daily Mail: “When it started it was frightening. I found it quite terrifying, they were getting bolder and bolder. They were taunting me.

“They would shout ‘tranny’ at me. Some were even wearing balaclavas. We are talking urban terrorism here.”

The attacks started on November 20 2006 and continued for 2 weeks.

“I have lived here for five years and I have had other little bits of trouble in the past, but nothing like this.

“There is a real level of homophobia building up in schools. Children need to be taught more about sexuality,” she said.

Humberside Police’s equality and diversity spokesman Adil Khan told the paper this would not be tolerated, “This individual has been targeted because of who she is, not because she has done something wrong.

“Our message is clear – this will not be tolerated. the community has been helpful in standing up against this. This is about people living together in harmony.”

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