A flyer distributed around Bournemouth on Saturday has angered the LGBT community, with many branding it “homophobic” and wanting further action.
Evie Young, 20, of Bingham Road, Winton, received the leaflet titled ‘Pride’ in the post on Saturday afternoon and was disgusted by the underlying message she claims it was trying to deliver.
Evie said: “In my mind it was homophobic. I was furious about it. My housemate is gay and has to deal with this kind of hate on a regular basis.”
In the UK, a hate crime is any illegal act that the victim or any other person perceives to be motivated by hostility towards an aspect of a person’s identity.
Under the Criminal Justice Act 2003, a judge can impose a tougher sentence on the offender when the act is classed as a hate crime.
Evie added: “I tore the leaflet up because I was so mad it was even allowed to be posted through my door.”
The flyer does not directly refer to homosexuality, but Darren McSwiggan, president of the LGBTQ+ society, feels whoever sent this is definitely trying to make their message clear. He said: “This wasn’t an accident. It was intended to represent the LGBT movement, without a doubt.”
He added: “I know friends who have received similar flyers and I think it’s completely outrageous that this kind of thing is still happening. While I sympathise with people’s religious beliefs I cannot and will not justify trying to push them onto others.”
The organisation or individual responsible for distributing this flyer remains unknown.
Bethany Vaughan (see video below), former LGBT+ Officer at Bournemouth University, wants further action to be taken and hopes the authorities will look into it.
If anyone has received a similar flyer and has been affected by an incident like this, you can contact one of the following groups for advice:
Over The Rainbow
Space Youth Project
Mobile number: 07973 405280