A man threatened to stab a train full of passengers heading home from the LGBT Pride festival in Brighton, UK on Sunday, according to journalist Benjamin Butterworth, who recorded part of the attack on a cell phone and posted it to Twitter. The man was later taken off the train in handcuffs.
On train back from @PrideBrighton, a man threatened to pull a knife on me and others and stab us for being gay. He called us peadophiles and dirty and shouted gay people need to all be killed. The video is a fraction of what he said, as was too scared & shaken to film. pic.twitter.com/j60xfcPua4
— Benjamin Butterworth (@benjaminbutter) August 5, 2018
Butterworth described the incident in a piece for iNews: ‘I was woken by the sound of a man shouting that he hates “poofs”. He was about a metre from my seat on the train back to London, and began yelling to a half asleep carriage that we were perverts, “faggots”, “batty men”. That we deserved to be killed. This was a train between Brighton and London – two places we think of as hubs of the liberal and diverse – yet still violent bigotry exists He held one hand down his pants, and gazing over us he declared that he had a knife. He told us he would stab every gay person on the train. “You’re in London now,” he said, “we carry knives here.” He told us he has two children and he needs to tell gay people they are wrong, because gay people are paedophiles, and attacking us is protecting his children. The fear was palpable. 300,000 people had turned out to celebrate being themselves that day. It took just one person and the threat of a knife to strike terror for being ourselves.’