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We must face down the scourge of homophobia

2 June, 2009 - by Martina Anderson MEP

Sinn Féin MEP Bairbre de Brún has stated that we all have a responsibility to face down the scourge of homophobia and homophobic attacks

Speaking after figures revealed that over 64% of attacks on the lesbian and gay community go unreported in the north of Ireland Ms de Brún said:

“ The fact that homophobic attacks continue with a high incidence and that those attacked do not have the confidence to come forward and report the crime is an indictment of our society as a whole.

“More needs to be done to tackle the scourge of homophobia and homophobic attacks. These are hate crimes, on a par with sectarianism and racism, and they need to be denounced by all of us.

“We need to empower and work closely with members of the LGBT community, with statutory organisations and the PSNI in order to show that these attacks and the negative attitudes that lead to such attacks are confined to the past. “

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