Blogging from the Highlands of Scotland until I return to the Murcia region of Spain in the Autumn for a month or so
'From fanaticism to barbarism is only one step' - Diderot

Wednesday, 21 April 2004

Homophobia watch - Northern Ireland (again)

I last wrote about this as recently as 16th April, but it seems the province has more joys in store for gays; hate crimes have doubled in the past year (they are up 60 percent for racial minorities, too), and it seems a third of young gays and lesbians have attempted suicide. As one young gay man, who left in 2002 is quoted as saying:
"It's like being stuck in a lift with half a dozen assorted people; sooner or later they get around to asking personal questions. I don't have the courage to spend my life battling the smallest of minds."

- and then there's the, unfortunately ubiquitous, religious bigotry.

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