STRAIGHT TALK: People should be free to live how they want to

LFP office'Byline pic Jodie
LFP office'Byline pic Jodie

I WAS absolutely astonished by an article published in the news recently: ‘a gay man who was beaten, set on fire and left to die trussed to a lamp-post may have been the victim of a homophobic attack’.

This attack was totally inhumane even if it wasn’t a homophobic attack – the attackers are no more than brutal savages and deserve to feel the full extent of the law.

This also shows that the fabric of our communities is breaking down when this disgusting crime can happen in this day and age.

It’s a shame to think that children are being brought up in such a brutal society.

Family and friends have described Stuart Walker as a “true friend and a gentleman”, so why was such a callous attack committed on him?

If this was a homophobic attack then I strongly think that something should be done to prevent further assaults.

I think that children are not being taught enough on the topic of homosexuality.

The word ‘gay’ was found to be the most frequently used term of abuse in UK schools – this supports my idea that not enough is being done to educate students on this topic as ‘gay’ should not be used as a term of abuse.

Homophobic hate crime is a major problem and it is no wonder.

Society does too little to challenge the extreme hatred that too many still have towards homosexuals.

However, if children were taught about homosexuals, there would not be many people being murdered or beaten to death because of their sexuality like Ian Baynham (62) who was murdered on October 15, 2009.

Children don’t need to be taught about homosexuals at a young age, but they need to be taught that homosexuals are respected people and should be treated like any other human being would want to be treated. This would be a major way to stop homophobia in later life and to prevent homophobic attacks like the one on Mr Baynham.

My opinion is very clear – there are far worse things going on in the world today than people’s sexuality and people should be allowed to live their lives the way they want to whether they are gay or not, after all, we all have human rights!