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21:54 | 23rd September 2017

News: UK

Wed 1 Sep, 2010
By Sam Bristowe


This is just my opinion, but I think that people who hurl abuse are uncomfortable about themselves - because people who are comfortable about themselves don't shout abuse

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Londonderry celebrated its first LGBT pride on the weekend that proved to be a success among many gay and straight party goers despite a strong religious stance against homosexuality in the city which was reconfirmed after a man revealed he was a victim of hate crime on the day.

Just hours after the first ever LGBT celebrations took place in the Irish city a man was attacked by a group of young men who picked on him for his sexuality.

Michael Doherty enjoyed a successful Foyle pride which was attended by thousands until after a few hours of the event he was set upon by four young men who hurled homophobic insults and pushed him to the ground.

Speaking to UTV news, Doherty said on the attack: "I was approached by four young guys who shouted verbal abuse at me, using the gay word and swearing.

They pushed me out the door and I landed on the ground,"

"If I hadn't got away, it would have been worse. At that moment, maybe I was in the wrong place at the wrong time - but it was a homophobic attack."

Despite being the victim of a recent hate crime attach the young man insists that others should continue to come out and not fear doing so when hearing about hate crime.

He added: "This is just my opinion, but I think that people who hurl abuse are uncomfortable about themselves - because people who are comfortable about themselves don't shout abuse,"

"People who are comfortable about themselves were at the parade on Saturday applauding and shouting encouragement and it was very, very overwhelming."

 

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