Love ALWAYS Wins
Posted on 24 Oct 2019

The best way to respond to hate is with love, says Steve...


Hate crimes are on the rise and have now reached a record high, having increased by 10% in the last year across England and Wales. The largest increase was in transgender hate crimes, which rocketed by 37% to 2,333 incidents. And hate crimes against LGBT people were up a quarter, to 14,500. The Home Office says that the increase could be driven by better recording by police and the greater confidence of victims to report, but ‘genuine increases cannot be ruled out’. Either way, this is worrying news and confirms that many of us still face hatred simply because of who we are.

But how should we respond, not just to these violent hate crimes but to protests by religiously motivated groups demonstrating outside our schools and theatres? 


I think that two guys in Chester may have the answer. A few weeks ago, protesters gathered outside the city's Storyhouse theatre, where gender-bending musical The Rocky Horror Show was playing. They held banners with heartening messages such as ‘Flee from the wrath to come’ and ‘Be sure your sin will find you out’.

What no one expected was the guys’ response to the protest. They started kissing, to cheers and applause from people outside the theatre. They later explained on Facebook their decision to kiss, writing: “Lots of people were arguing with them, but we honestly believe the best way to respond is with love.”
Love may not be the first emotion we encounter when we’re called a faggot in the street, told by a group of Bible-bashing Christians we’re going to ‘go to hell’, or see protesters with loudhailers outside schools demonstrating against the inclusion of LGBT-inclusive storybooks in our classrooms. But even in these divided times, it's love, not hate, that will bring us all together. 


Let's not forget the wonderful example set two years ago when the people of Manchester stood together against a hate-fuelled terrorist attack at an Ariana Grande concert where 23 people were killed. It was incredible to see the outpouring of love by thousands of people in response to one person’s act of hate. As the city reminded us: ‘love always wins’.  

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