“City Council must stop shifting the blame and take action over hate crimes” Says Barry Holliday

Nottingham Liberal Democrats have challenged the City Council on a shocking lack of consideration for LGBT people in the city after the council “named and shamed” a local LGBT venue for being dangerous.

(Source: Nottingham Post article – http://www.nottinghampost.com/nottingham-s-three-most-dangerous-bars-threatened-with-closure-in-crackdown-on-violence/story-29417002-detail/story.html posted; 18th June.)

The City Council released a list of “dangerous bars” in June and listed local LGBT-friendly venue “Propaganda” as the most dangerous in the city, despite evidence that several incidents at the bar were hate crimes.

Speaking at this weekend’s Nottingham Pride celebrations, Nottingham Lib Dem Vice Chair, Barry Holliday said:

“How can people feel safe when the root of the problem is brushed aside, just so the council can wag its finger at a local venue? LGBT people, like anyone else, should be able to have a night out and feel safe. Dealing with hate crime is the way to do that – not by stigmatising a specific venue. Yet they have chosen not to address this real issue at all, and certainly not in their ill-considered naming and shaming exercise.

The Lib Dems will always stand up for the rights of all people. No individual should feel threatened in our city just because of who they love. That is why we are the party that introduced equal marriage when we were in government, and have pushed for equality for all since our founding.

You don’t make things better by shaming a venue used by the LGBT community. You make things better by engaging with businesses and individuals. The Liberal Democrats will continue to lead the fight for a better quality of life for all LGBT people.”

The Liberal Democrats had a presence at Nottingham Pride over the weekend and held a stall calling for greater access to PrEP treatment. PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis) is the use of a prescription anti-HIV drug that can prevent an individual from contracting HIV. Increased use of PrEP has the potential to reduce infection rates, not only saving lives but also money.

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