LGBT charity Stonewall has spoken out about the recent attack on an 18-year-old woman in Hull, who was reportedly beaten up by two friends and called ‘a “f***ing lesbian” in an argument about £10.
According to Ellie-Mae Mulholland’s sister, Stevie-Leigh Ansell, in an interview with HullLive, Ellie “had seen a couple of her friends, who are usually her friends, and one of them owed her a tenner and Ellie asked about it.”
The friend denied ever having had the money and, assisted by another girl, allegedly proceeded to beat Mulholland, in Ansell’s words, ”black and blue”.
“Because she is gay, they called her a ‘f***ing lesbian,’ (and said) ‘you and your girlfriend are going to get it 10 times worse next time,'” Ansell continued.
She then explained that the attack had left her sister with a “busted nose, two black eyes and two big lumps on her head”.
Ansell also said that the girls have previously refused cigarettes from Mulholland “because they say they will get lesbian germs”.
Commenting on the incident, Laura Russell, Stonewall’s Director of Campaigns, Policy & Research, said: “Yet another homophobic attack against a young lesbian in Pride month is just one more unsettling reminder that lesbian, gay, bi and trans people still face hatred simply because of who they are.
“The attack on Ellie-Mae Mulholland follows a high-profile anti-LGBT and misogynistic attack on two women on a London bus in June. These events should be a wake-up call to everyone that in 2019, lesbians and bi women continue to face discrimination on a daily basis.
“What we know from our research is that under-reporting continues to be a major issue, with four in five anti-LGBT hate crimes going unreported. This is why Stonewall is working with police services across Britain and the Crown Prosecution Service to improve the way LGBT hate crimes are handled.
“If we want to live in a world where everyone feels safe, we need people to come out in support of LGBT people. It’s only by working together that we will secure equality for lesbian, gay, bi and trans people everywhere.”
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