Be safe – be proud

An Garda Siochána have launched a crime prevention campaign aimed at encouraging members of the gay community to report any homophobic incidents, including blackmail. The campaign was launched to coincide with the Gay Pride celebrations to give personal safety advice to members of the gay community.Is this a lead the PSNI could follow, especially as in April the House of Commons Committee criticised them for having a “sluggish and disjointed” approach to the protection of the Gay and ethnic communities in Northern Ireland, where in Derry, for example, homophobic attacks have trebled in the last year.