Hate crime debate

The tellparliament.net online consultation. The discussion has ranged over a number of subjects and viewpoints, from full blooded advocacy of legislation to the more sceptical view that it’s just one law to further clog up an increasingly ineffectual statute book. Others simply relate their own experiences.

Here’s a couple of recent contributions:

“…nothing has ever prepared me for the prejudice and hate I have had to face for being gay. Many heterosexual men feel that they have a right to punish you verbally or physically, the women sometimes speak to you like you are mentally retarded and think you find it hard to understand the English language and everyone feels that they can freely come up to you even though you have never met them before in your life and say what they think about your lifestyle, clothes, mannerisms etc. What is wrong with people in this country?

“As an intelligent Gay man holding down a job why can heterosexual people never have a normal conversation without it turning into a patronizing speech. One woman approached me in a gay bar and began telling me how it would

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