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article imageGay-hate guide launched in UK

By Andrew John     Apr 3, 2010 in Lifestyle
A plain-English guide for victims of gay hate crime has been launched in the United Kingdom, where one gay person in five has been subject to a homophobic incident in the past three years.
It’s been produced by the gay-rights lobby organisation Stonewall, and was launched by Home Secretary Alan Johnson.
Blow the Whistle on Gay Hate tells potential victims what homophobic hate crime is, why it should be reported and what to say when reporting it.
Launching the guide in central London, Johnson said: “Gay people have the same rights as everyone else to live in peace and security. Homophobic incidents have no place in a civilised, decent society. There are no extenuating circumstances.
“I welcome this excellent plain-English guide that encourages gay men and lesbians to report hate crimes. It sends a clear signal that there’s no place in a civilized society for such hatred. Gay people should have the same right as everyone else to justice, to live their lives without fear.”
The gay news website Gay UK News says that one in five gay people has been subject to a homophobic hate crime or incident in the past three years. Six gay men have been the victims of murder or attempted murder identified as homophobic in Britain in the past 18 months.
Stonewall’s chief executive, Ben Summerskill, said: “We believe that no human life should be overshadowed by hatred or prejudice or fear. We hope this guide will encourage more people to report anti-gay hate crime, and will help the police to respond and target their work more effectively.”
More than 100,000 copies of Blow the Whistle will be distributed through bars and clubs, student unions, police services and Citizens Advice Bureaux. It is also available online.
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