Manchester’s safe haven set up

After a series of hate crimes around Canal Street, Manchester, volunteers at the Village Haven are on hand to deal with anyone in need. A quiet, safe space to sober up, get home safely, and get help if they’ve fallen victim to crime called the Village Haven is based at the The Beacon, the Bloom Street premises of Christian homeless charity Barnabus.

The haven will be open from 11pm to 5am every Friday and Saturday night.

The project is being run by Manchester’s LGBT Foundation.

Make a note of the address in your diary or phone.


Killer faces jail


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Kelly Schneider of Idaho pleaded guilty to a federal hate crime in the death of a gay man, hoping to get a 28-year sentence instead of a life sentence.

Schneider admitted he lured victim Steven Nelson to a remote area and used steel-toed boots to kick Nelson 20 to 30 times while Nelson begged for his life.

Schneider had placed a sex solicitation ad online to set up the meeting with Nelson.

Schneider admitted stripping Nelson of his clothes after the assault and stealing his car. Nelson was left alone in the isolated wilderness area and died after finding help at a home about half a mile away.

Hate crimes up and under reported in Germany

There have been more hate crimes against gays in Germany than last year, according to the German Government.

Revealing that crimes against homosexuals had risen by a fifth from January to September, Ole Schröder, a Christian Democrat junior minister for the interior, told German MPs last week that a total of 205 incidents had been reported. Those figures compared to 171 reported crimes against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people in the same period last year. 99 suspects had been identified in 2016, slightly higher than the 86 people investigated last year.

It seems Germany does not have a country-wide system for identifying and reporting hate crimes against gay people.

The German daily “Süddeutsche Zeitung” said 113 homophobic crimes had been reported in the capital Berlin alone, in the first nine months of the year.
The cities of Hamburg and Cologne don’t collect figures for crimes against homosexuals, it added, despite having vibrant gay scenes.

Anti-gay hate messages OK in Holland, says publicly funded hotline!

Furious Dutch MPs have demanded an immediate public inquiry after a government-backed watchdog said it was acceptable for Muslims to send gay people death threats, according to the Express.

The taxpayer-funded hotline said it would not pursue a criminal complaint over horrific messages from radical Islamists because the Koran says gay people can be killed.

The disgraceful stance came to light when a member of the public complained about death threats posted to an online forum which called for homosexuals to be “burned, decapitated and slaughtered”.

Dutch MPs today reacted with horror to the revelations, demanding an immediate inquiry into the remarks and calling for the hotline to be stripped of public funding.