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Northern Irish Man Attacked by Homophobic Gang

The BBC reports:

Newtownabbey"Stephen Scott, 27, was walking home near Ballyduff Brae in Newtownabbey on Wednesday night when he was attacked. Three youths, thought to be in their late teens, knocked him to the ground and continued kicking and punching him as they shouted insults. Mr Scott is being treated in hospital for a head injury, a leg injury and broken ribs. 'As far as I'm concerned they're scum,' he said. 'It's enough to take a life - there were three of them on me and I was left for dead.' He urged victims of homophobic attacks not to be afraid to tell police."

In other news, the first gay bar outside of a major Irish city recently opened in the Northern Ireland town of Strabane.

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  1. May I suggest Mr. Scott take Northern Ireland Assembly Member Iris Robinson up on her generous offer?

    "I have a very lovely psychiatrist who works with me in my offices and his Christian background is that he tries to help homosexuals - trying to turn away from what they are engaged in," she said.

    "I'm happy to put any homosexual in touch with this gentleman and I have met people who have turned around and become heterosexuals."

    Posted by: John in Manhattan | Jun 6, 2008 11:28:02 AM

  2. Is Protestant Northern Ireland more homophobic than Catholic Republic of Ireland?

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Jun 6, 2008 11:37:23 AM

  3. Derrick, why not?

    Posted by: Chris | Jun 6, 2008 1:12:32 PM

  4. The North is indeed more dangerous for gays; my hometown, Derry City, has had the distinction of experiencing the highest number of assaults on gays annually in the UK.

    Posted by: doire415 | Jun 7, 2008 2:39:54 AM

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