Watch: Gay cyclist gets round of applause for shutting down homophobic street preacher
A gay cyclist got a round of applause in Glasgow – after he came face-to-face with an anti-LGBT street preacher.
The Christian preacher had taken up a spot outside a comic book shop in Glasgow city centre on Saturday afternoon, shouting loudly about the ‘immorality’ of sexual sins.
He was mostly ignored by shoppers… but when one passing cyclist heard what was being said, he couldn’t help but get involved.
Writer Emlyn Pearce shared a video on Facebook, showing the mystery cyclist stopping his bike after the preacher decided to claim gay people are going to hell.
The cyclist said: “I’m gay! I’m gay, so say it to me.”
When the preacher suggested the man needs to repent and find God’s love, the cyclist shot back: “I love me, I don’t need a god to do it.”
The response earned a round of applause from nearby shoppers, as the man sped off on his bicycle.
Sharing the clip on Facebook, Pearce added: “If anyone knows this chap, please tell him to get in touch because a fair few people would like to buy him a drink.”
Street preachers in the UK can face public order action for overt hate speech but is rare for a conviction to be upheld.
Last year, an English judge quashed a conviction against a separate preacher, Michael Overd, for an anti-gay street sermon.
The former soldier was initially convicted of a public order offence for his homophobic street sermons.
But the decision was overturned by a Taunton Crown Court judge, who found that the preacher had a right to free speech.
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