If you live in a city or just surround yourself with accepting people, you might be thinking that fair treatment of LGBT people has finally become a reality.

While we have come a long way when it comes to LGBT rights, according to Stonewall UK "the fight is far from over".

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Their new campaign "Come Out For LGBT" pushes everyone to stand up against the hate crime and abuse that LGBT people still face, whether they are part of the LGBT community or not.

Stonewall's research this year found that "the number of lesbian, gay and bisexual people who have experienced a hate crime or incident in the last year because of their sexual orientation has risen by 78 per cent from nine per cent in 2013 to 16 per cent in 2017".

Sometimes prejudice can be more subtle that an full-on hate crime; "One in 10 LGBT people who were looking for a house or flat to rent or buy in the last year were discriminated against because of their sexual orientation and/or gender identity".

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Personally, as a gay woman, I have been called "disgusting", "sick" and "mentally ill" for loving my partner - and that's just in the last couple of days.

Proving the need for the campaign, when Manchester United's official instagram posted a pic of a rainbow armband backing Stonewall's campaign, the comments were full of hate. The backlash spanned from disappointment and threats of supporting other teams, to claiming that the LGBT community is "wrong", "shameful" and "violates nature".

Celebs like Gok Wan, J.K. Rowling, Rylan Clark, Dawn French, GoT's Jacob Anderson, Denise Welch and Radio 1's Adele Roberts have also shown their support on social media.


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Stonewall are asking for supporters to pledge to take a visible stand against LGBT hate crime and encourage their friends, family and colleagues to do the same. A visible stand means calling out anti-LGBT abuse or discrimination wherever you see it, whether online, in a shop or when accessing public services (as long as it's safe to do so!)

Love is stronger than hate, am I right?!

Words by Lily Wakefield

Featured Image Credit: Stonewall

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