The Stratford Observer recently published an article highlighting the need for the Equality and Inclusion Partnership (EQuIP) Hate Crime Charter (HCC).Read more...
Tracy Neesom, 42, was subjected to the vile threats and abuse outside a shop and she has now contacted the Police.
According to the Mirror, a "p****d up couple" threatened to smash a crate of ciders into the face of a lesbian woman whom they branded a " gay c***" in a vile rant.
Tracy Neesom, 42, has branded the latest homophobic attack "childish, pathetic and ignorant".
She and her girlfriend became embroiled in a dispute with the drunk couple outside a shop on Sunday night (3rd August 2019).
"They kept having a go at me and the guy threatened to slam a crate of ciders in my face. He kept calling me a he and when I said, ‘I’m not a he’ he turned around and called me a gay c***," Tracy told Hull Live .
"Then he started having a go at my partner who had come into the shop with the dog and my dog did try to bite him because he was being aggressive."
Tracy said the abuse is the latest in a string of homophobic attacks she has endured since coming out as gay 20 years ago.
Although she has logged the offence as a hate crime with Humberside Police , Tracy says it has had a huge effect on her girlfriend who she has only been seeing for the past six months.
"I’m a repeat victim," mum-of-one Tracy continued.
"I’ve had my car covered in paint stripper and I’ve been beaten up. Someone threatened to break my daughter’s legs and a few years ago a woman who started on me called me a dyke.
"It’s disgusting in this day and age that this abuse still happens. Gay people are now allowed to get married but people still call us all sorts of names under the sun and it’s just childish, pathetic and ignorant.
"It’s all too common and I’m not afraid to speak out but I find that a lot of people are."
Warwickshire based charity, the Equality and Inclusion Partnership (EQuIP) support victims of hate crime and they strongly encourage any person that experiences or witnesses hate related crime to always report.
There are various ways to report depending on how much information people wish to give. You can ring the Police by calling 101 in a non-emergency situation, but always call 999 in an emergency.
In Warwickshire, some people do not wish to contact the police directly, so they can report hate crimes/incidents to EQuIP, who will protect a persons identity and not pass on any details of the report without prior consent.
Reports to EQuIP can be made online via the www.reporthatenow.com website, you can send an email: email@example.com, or for those that prefer to speak to someone in person, you can contact telephone EQuIP on 01788 863117 (Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm).