DERRY, February 7, 2008 – The
home of a gay couple in Greggan, Northern Ireland, has been attacked for the
second time in a week. The attacks are said to be part of a homophobic hate
campaign that has been ongoing for three years.
The couple, one of whom is
registered disabled, had their window broken last Friday – and then on
Monday night their door was kicked in.
Now the pair, who live in fear
after being verbally abused, are considering leaving the home they have
shared of 17 years.
The verbal abuse, the Derry gay
support group, Rainbow Project says, include threats to burn them out.
Both men have said they have been
very happy living in Creggan and have had good neighbours all the time they
have lived there. But now they say they have to really consider leaving for
their own safety and mental health.
“We totally condemn this hatred on
this couple and appeal to the local community, politicians and community
activists in Creggan to work with the Rainbow Project to bring it to an
end,” said Rainbow Project’s Sean Morrin last night.
“This couple have lived very
happily for many years in Creggan and it would be devastating if they had to
leave their home of 17 years due to the actions of a few homophobes who have
nothing better to do than attack a disabled man's home.
“Both men are suffering the impact
of this hatred to the extent that their physical and mental health is
deteriorating,” Mr. Morrin pointed out.
■ The Police Service of
Northern Ireland define a homophobic incident to be: 'Any incident
which is perceived to be homophobic by the victim or any other person’.
HERE for Police Service of Northern Ireland
homophobic hate crime page with details of how to report hate crime,
"The Police Service are committed to identifying and
prosecuting perpetrators of homophobic crime . Reporting incidents to
police provides essential information which, enables the police to prevent
further incidents taking place and to identify those responsible." - PSNI
This work is licensed under a
Creative Commons Licence.
Posted: 7 February 2008 at
00:00 (UK time)