Our research shows that one in six lesbian, gay and bisexual people have been a victim of hate crime over the last three years. Gay people of all ages still suffer verbal insults, harassment and physical assault from strangers, neighbours, workmates and even family. And this disturbing picture is the same in EVERY community.
We believe that no-one should live in fear of verbal or physical abuse just because of the way they were born. Much more needs to be done to end homophobic hate crime once and for all.
I was walking through the supermarket when a man came up to me. He must have seen me with my boyfriend. He spat in my face, told me I was going to hell and started to chase me. I managed to outrun him but I’ve never been so scared in my life.
My girlfriend and I were chased through the market by a man screaming
’You are sick, you have sex with your hands, dirty bitches! ’’ At the time we didn’t realise this was a hate crime and were too ashamed to tell anyone anyway.
The impact of homophobic hate crime is extremely serious. Victims report feelings of isolation, an intense fear of going out and a quarter of all lesbian, gay and bisexual people feel the need to appear 'less gay' to avoid being the victim of crime.
We've already sent our research - Homophobic Hate Crime 2013 – and practical guidance to every single police force in the country.
With your help we can campaign across Britain to combat homophobic hate crime. Together we can make sure gay people no longer live in fear of verbal and physical attacks.
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