The new LGBT+ correspondent for the BBC, Ben Hunte, has opened up about the level of homophobia he now receives in his new role.
The journalist spoke on a panel for National Student Pride at the University of Westminster, London, alongside Attitude Magazine Editor Cliff Joannou, Munroe Bergdorf, Shahmir Sanni, Moud Goba and Reece King.
He revealed that after releasing just one story about LGBTI history, the level of homophobia and racism surprised him.
He said: ‘So I wanted to see what my first piece would be like as an LGBT correspondent so I put it out this week. It was about LGBT history. And it looked at the fact we don’t actually appreciate the heroes that came before us and represented us.
‘In all honesty I have never received so much abuse in my life. Even as being an LGBT YouTuber. The difficulty with that was I knew it was going to be bad, but I didn’t know it was going to be that bad.
‘What surprised me most was the lengths people would go to to find me. I had one email that said ‘since when did the BBC allow negroes to present the news?’
‘And I had internal conversations with the BBC because that story was just a fun and friendly piece about LGBT history. When I’m digging deeper and I’m putting vulnerable people on the news, what are those comment sections going to look like?
‘Because we’re all strong people sat up here and I’m sure there’s strong people in the audience but there’s people can’t come out in support of their sexuality. So when they’re looking at these comments, what do they see?’
Student Pride is in its 14th year and is an annual celebration of the LGBTI community within universities. This year’s event tackled the issues of racism on the queer scene.
Watch the full clip of Ben here:
The BBC's new LGBT correspondent Ben Hunte today revealed at National Student Pride the incredible levels of homophobia he is facing already – even though he doesn't start the job until next week.Watch the full panel with Attitude Magazine on our YouTube now:https://youtu.be/bnMAzolwzGo
Posted by National Student Pride on Saturday, 23 February 2019