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English city responds to rising homophobic attacks by hosting their first pride

English city responds to rising homophobic attacks by hosting their first pride

Worcestershire's first Pride will take place this September

An English city plans to take a stand against homophobic hate crimes by hosting their first pride.

Worcestershire in the West Midlands has seen a dramatic increase in hate crimes since 2015.

2016 saw 18 people attacked for their sexuality.

Between April 2016 and March 2017, there were 40 incidents in the city.

Statistics suggest towns and cities who host pride events see a decrease in homophobic hate crimes. So this inspired people in the city to put it to the test.

They hope hosting the pride festival will bring their homophobic hate crimes to an end.

Worcestershire Pride will take place 23 September.

‘We’re very nervous and very excited at the same time’

Andre Oldfield is the Chair of the Worcestershire Pride committee.

‘It’s our first event, we’re very nervous and very excited at the same time.’ He said. ‘Though the political element is important, it’s just as important for us to be able to party.

‘If you’re a young person who has spent your life thinking you’re the only queer person in your town, celebrating being visible is vital.

‘To spend that day walking around with your partner holding their hand is a revolutionary act.’

‘Pride is about picking up all the fractured elements of the LGBTQIA+ community in Worcestershire and saying that we’re here and it’s an event for us.

‘The support from the city and from the people in the city has been overwhelmingly supportive, it’s wonderful.’