Anti-Hate Crime Campaign supported by Hull’s LGBT community

Published: Tuesday 23rd June 2015 by KCFM

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A new anti-hate crime campaign has been launched by Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender organisations across the country.

It’s hoped more of the LGBT community will come forward with complaints if they’ve been harassed, bullied or attacked due to their sexuality.

Andy Train, Chairman of the Hull and East Riding LGBT Forum, says people shouldn’t be afraid to show their true self:

“It’s not illegal to be who you are in the UK. You’re not going to go to prison because you’re gay. You’re not going to get punished because you’re trans-person. Being LGBT is not a choice. Nobody wakes up in a morning and thinks, ‘You know what, today I’m going to be straight’.”

He says hate crime can happen to anyone:

“We’re talking all ages. We’re talking people who live in villages. We’re talking people who feel perhaps isolated and on their own in the way they are and think like I did, “I’m the only person in the world who feels like this.” But also not put up with the hassle and harassment and bullying that goes on. It really needs to stop and people need to know where they can get support.”

Andy hopes the campaign will help to raise more awareness of the support available:

“We need to acknowledge that LGBT people are in the minority and always will be, and minority groups do need a platform, they do need support and I think this is where this anti-hate crime campaign really re-energises that need for support.”

The anti-hate campaign follows recent controversial comments from a Hull vicar who publicly compared homosexuality to paedophilia.

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Published: Tuesday 23rd June 2015 by KCFM

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