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Hate Crimes

“I was on my way to a meeting when it happened. I’d just left the station, bought a coffee, and was walking down the street when a man passed me and muttered ‘faggot’ under his breath. Without even thinking, I immediately challenged him. And that’s when he pulled out a metal bar and started attacking me.”

NAMES OF THE VICTIMS HAVE BEEN CHANGED UPON REQUEST

JAMES

is one of thousands of LGBT+ people who fall victim to hate crime every year. According to Stonewall, one in six lesbian, gay and bisexual people have experienced hate crime in their lives, and despite all the advancements the UK has made for LGBT+ rights, that doesn’t seem to be changing.

“It was very quick, very shocking,” he continues, “you don’t ever anticipate that kind of scenario. He just randomly picked me out. There were people around that could have helped – it happened outside a restaurant, and people could see what was happening – but in retrospect, nobody knew who I was or why this guy was attacking me. A lot of blood was pouring down my face.

“Eventually a gentleman from the restaurant came outside, and I took myself to the bathroom and called my boyfriend. The police arrived and immediately asked what had happened. I showed them a photo of the man I managed to take and they circled that around. There was no ambulance available, so we waited for quite a while and ultimately they drove me to the hospital themselves.”

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