Actually, hate crimes are unfortunately not uncommon and neither is intolerance. LGBT people are now the most targeted group, statistically, alongside people of African descent. I’m not sure why you’re trying to gloss over that fact and make it seem not so bad. Hate crimes are much more prevalent than non-hate crimes, even in the western world. In fact, most homeless people are homeless because they were disowned for being gay.
Here are some statistics (courtesy of the charity Stonewall):
- One in five LGBT people (21 per cent) have experienced a hate crime or incident due to their sexual orientation and/or gender identity in the last 12 months
- Two in five trans people (41 per cent) have experienced a hate crime or incident because of their gender identity in the last 12 months and one in six LGB people, who aren’t trans (16 per cent), have experienced a hate crime or incident due to their sexual orientation in the same period
- The number of lesbian, gay and bisexual people who have experienced a hate crime or incident in the last year because of their sexual orientation has risen by 78 per cent from nine per cent in 2013 to 16 per cent in 2017
- Four in five LGBT people (81 per cent) who experienced a hate crime or incident didn’t report it to the police
- Three in 10 LGBT people (29 per cent) avoid certain streets because they do not feel safe there as an LGBT person
- More than a third of LGBT people (36 per cent) say they don’t feel comfortable walking down the street while holding their partner’s hand. This increases to three in five gay men (58 per cent)
- One in 10 LGBT people (10 per cent) have experienced homophobic, biphobic or transphobic abuse online directed towards them personally in the last month. This number increases to one in four for trans people (26 per cent) directly experiencing transphobic abuse online in the last month
Can you still really tell me that a shirt saying “love is love” is so bad?