LGBT Rights Activist and Human Right’s Campaigner Condemns Latest Homophobic Attack!
Following the outrageous attack on University of Ulster Magee College student, Conol Cassidy, prominent LGBT Campaigner and Human Rights Activist, Séan Óg Garland, has condemned the latest incident in a series of homophobic attacks. The serious assault happened on Saturday, 16 April, 2016 near Derry’s Guildhall Square, the 20 year old Drama student says that he will not socialize in Derry due to this traumatic experience which was based solely on his sexual orientation. Conol, the victim of the homophobic attack, bravely stated that,
“I went to run into a nearby shop but I felt something strike me on the side of the face. One of the men was wearing a ring and it dug into the skin on my face. It was definitely a homophobic attack, the way that they kept asking us if we were gay proves this to me. I was attacked because I’m gay. Although this is first time anything like this has ever happened to me, as an openly gay man I no longer feel safe in Derry,” he maintained.
“I’ve decided to go public because I want the two men who did this to see what they have done – I want their parents to see what they have done to someone who is only in Derry to better himself, I also know that there are so many gay people who get attacked and do nothing about it because secretly they think they deserve it, I AM NOT ONE OF THOSE PEOPLE!”
Attack Condemned by Prominent LGBT Activist and Human Right’s Campaigner, Séan Óg Garland
Séan has been a friend to The Plough and The Stars’ editor and staff, he has been a constant figure in Human Rights Campaigns ranging from issues that affect the LGBT community, Global and domestic Human Rights issues, anti-austerity campaigns and abuses against working class people here in Ireland and abroad. Séan stated regarding the homophobic attack in Derry against Conal Cassidy,
“I marched the streets of Derry as a young lad with hundreds of others against Queer Bashing on the streets of the Derry..I would do it again No Problem ….
When we hear much talk and see much activism on LGBT equality the fact is that we want Equality but we want our Liberation, to enjoy it and that means to live free from Anti-Gay violence ….
Queer bashing is wrong be it Belfast, Derry, Moscow or San Francisco…
Time to stop it ..”
An injury to one is an injury to all!
The Plough and The Stars concurs with Séan Óg Garland’s sentiments and as a publication it has a proud record of opposing Homophobia, Sectarianism, Racism, Imperialism, Capitalism and all means, that seek to divide the Proletariat.