Friday, December 29, 2006

Home Office action on Hate Crime

Today's BBC reports that the Home Office is publishing guidelines on dealing with homophobic hate crime - inlcuding in schools, with Government minister Tom McNulty unveiling guidance (see also a report in the Guardian education section) which can be found on the UK gay news website (

This is obviously a positive development as in many communities the extent of hate crime still is massively under reported (and in some cases this is because if you reported all of it you'd never be off the phone to the police).

Homophobic abuse is of course a very serious offence and all parties have a serious duty to eliminate it including police, schools and local authorities.

For a rather silly response to the initiative see this article in the Express, which completely misses the point.

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