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Published on July 10th, 2019 | by voxx

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Homophobic hate crime fine to be increased

I am sure most people have seen the torment some of the LGBTQ+ community have been facing recently. The current fine for a homophobic hate crime is £20, which I believe is ridiculously low for such a disgraceful offence. Everyone has a right to be respected and happy, so why are we not providing this to all aspects of our community? People are taking away someone’s right to safety because they are different and brave enough to be themselves. We should be giving recognition for these people who dare to show their true selves rather than hiding behind a persona just to make other people happy. It shouldn’t matter who someone loves as long as they are happy, because what they do in their personal life doesn’t affect anyone else.

We have all heard the saying “Treat people how you would like to be treated,” so why are homophobic hate crimes still taking place? Targeting someone because of their sexual orientation is morally wrong and is teaching the younger generation that it is acceptable to bully someone if their sexual orientation is different to theirs. People say “Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me,” but this just simply isn’t true. Words do hurt and bullying is never the right solution, no matter what the situation happens to be. We should be working together as a community to prevent this sort of hate crime. We should be teaching everyone that love is love and it is ok to be different.

I personally think that the fine for homophobia needs to be increased to something more substantial, as it will be more likely to deter people from committing this type of hate crime. In the scheme of things, £20 is not a lot, and has so far not improved the problem. I also believe that we should encourage people to support those who have previously or are currently facing homophobic abuse, because like I said before, they’re not hurting anyone, and they have a right to be happy too.

-Hannah Brader


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