Two isolated incidents towards gay men attending Bournemouth University has taken place in November this year, both of which is assumed to be a homophobic hate crime and one being police reported.
In the beginning of November BU student Kyle Batt, 19, was close to home after a night out in Bournemouth. Mr. Batt claims having been shouted ´fag´ at by men in a car driving by.
He proceeded to “give the middle finger” before hurrying home. Mr. Batt saw the men standing outside their car, before leaving shortly after.
“They seem like the type of people that think that anything different is kind of wrong. I think it´s just childish behaviour.” Mr. Batt comments.
On the 20th November outside Exchange, a gay club in Bournemouth, two gay men, who wish to stay anonymous, claim to have been punched.
LGBT President at BU wants to keep members safe
Student president for the BU LGBT society, Katie Boyden, 20, thinks none of the incidents were linked, as they were quite isolated. However, she feels it is worrying.
If anything more happens I will bring together the society to discuss what we could do to protect people.”
Her overall aim is for no one to get hurt and to advise her members.
The society´s Facebook page provides websites and apps for help and support, such as an anonymous ask.fm page and Dorset Police app, named Hate Crime2 App.
Victim talks about feelings towards incident
Mr. Batt told his flat mate of the incident, feeling awareness towards these issues are important.
He thinks it is ridiculous that these incidents still happen.
It is unsure what caused the men to think Mr. Batt is gay. However, himself thinks it is because of the gold jeans and ´hipster-kind of´ shirt he wore.
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