James Bolton, Head of Policy, Stonewall said: ‘It’s deeply upsetting to hear of another instance of homophobic abuse happening recently in Newcastle. What happened to Ryan Carrington follows a string of high-profile anti-LGBT attacks which have happened on the streets, on public transport and online. Every one of these attacks is yet another painful reminder that lesbian, gay, bi and trans people are still being targeted just for being who they are.
‘It’s really important that hate crimes are reported, no incident is too small. You can do this by dialling 101 to contact your local police force, or get specialist support from Galop. In an emergency always dial 999.
‘Now more than ever, it is time for us to stand together, arm in arm, as one united community. We were set up 30 years ago to fight against this discrimination, and while we’ve changed the law and a lot of attitudes in that time, we still have a long way to go before LGBT people have genuine equality. LGBT people should be able to feel safe online, at work and in the streets and be accepted for who they are, no exceptions. At Stonewall we will keep fighting until this is the reality.’
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