I'm Daniel Tyler, a 21 year old gay man from Manchester. Like many, I was stunned at the video footage that flew across Twitter and YouTube last week of a middle aged man hurling vile, homophobic abuse at a friend of mine on a train to Manchester. That same gentleman walked away with nothing more than a police caution.
There is absolutely no justification for some attributes being given a higher priority than others. It's now down to us to pressure the government in to accepting that fact and doing something about it. The campaign for change starts now.
these sort of hate crimes, whereas for attacks aggravated by someone's sexuality or a disability, they don't. It's 2012 and that's not right. In times when there are repeated calls for equality in all aspects of life, why does it not exist for Nike Air Max 90 Mens Size 9
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It's about time these questions were answered and that things changed to offer real protection to ALL victims of hate crime.
So why, despite a prolonged attack that started 50 miles away in Blackpool and continued to Manchester, was this incident treated any less seriously?
This week sees the launch of a campaign for change. A campaign to make a real difference to something that affects so many of us it's hard to comprehend that the need has even arisen. A campaign that needs your help.
the need for a change in the law, so the police can offer the protections that all victims deserve. The campaign has already caused widespread discussion across social media and has drawn support from politicians, councillors and more.
Man apologises for vile homophobic rant at gay pals which was uploaded to YouTube
victims of hate crime?
I'd like to think that the other candidates standing would do the same and intend to make sure this happens. A hate crime is a hate crime and the law and its implementation should reflect that.
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That's fine. I welcome his apology and hope it was sincere. Ignorance is not an excuse for bigotry and abuse, but I hope that now he is aware of his actions he can reflect on them and change.
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Earlier this year, JacquelineWoodhouse was filmed having a similar rant on the London Underground after a bit too much champagne. She Air Max 90 Hyperfuse On Feet was sentenced to 21 weeks in prison.
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Last year, Emma West spent Christmas behind the bars of a London prison when video footage of her issuing a whirlwind of racist abuse on a tram in Croydon was uploaded to YouTube and seen by thousands.
It was this shock that prompted me to share the video, sending it viral, and demand answers from the BTP about why such a worryingly lenient punishment was decided upon. Isn't there supposed to be legislation protecting the people who are victims of hate crimes? Apparently it's not as clear as we thought.
However, the real issue I have with this story is the legal position underpinning the decision of British Transport Police (BTP) to let this man walk away unpunished.
Lucy Powell, one of the candidates in this week's local by election, has already promised that if she's elected she'll take this issue to Parliament and ask important questions about the legal protections given to victims of hate crime, gay or otherwise.
The reality is that BTP's hands were tied. It would seem that so many of us, myself included, have been living blissfully unaware that the law just doesn't take homophobic hate crime seriously. Nor, for that matter, does it take hate crimes against trans, bi sexual or disabled people any more seriously.
Daniel Tyler on his campaign to eradicate homophobia
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