Two men targeted in homophobic knife attack by young boys in Liverpool

Two men were targeted in a homophobic knife attack by young boys as charities urge the public to “take action and to come out for LGBT people”.The men, aged in their 30s and who have not been identified, were approached by three boys aged 12-15 who made homophobic insults towards them before one of them produced a knife and assaulted the men.One of the victims sustained injuries to his head and neck described as serious but non-life threatening while the second sustained a minor hand injury. The incident occurred in Liverpool on Saturday night as the two men were walking home. Both were taken to hospital for treatment and were left incredibly shaken by the incident.A scene remains in place on Manningham Road and extensive enquiries are ongoing in the area as Merseyside police launched a hunt for the attackers and urged any witnesses or people with CCTV or dashcam footage to come forward.Detective Inspector Tara Denn said: “This was an appalling and unprovoked attack on two men simply making their way home and we are working tirelessly to locate those responsible. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “Two men have been left with significant injuries tonight and the hate and violence that has been inflicted on them is simply unacceptable and won’t be tolerated on the streets of Merseyside. Laura Russell, the charity’s director of campaigns, policy and research, said: “We’re still not living in a society where every LGBT person is free to be themselves and live without fear of discrimination and abuse.“From our research into hate crime, we know that four in five anti-LGBT hate crimes go unreported, with younger people particularly reluctant to go to the police. That’s why we’re working with police services across Britain and the Crown Prosecution Service to better support LGBT people reporting abuse.”She added: “However there is more all of us can to do to make sure attacks like this no longer happen.  We need people who believe in equality to take action and to come out for LGBT people. If you want a society where everyone feels safe, do something about it today and support LGBT charities, communities and your LGBT friends and family.” “There is absolutely no place for hate crime in society and we know how much of a massive impact it has on victims. I want to reach out to the LBGT community, who I know will be deeply saddened by this news, and reassure you that we stand with you and if you report such incidents to the police, we will do our utmost to support and protect you and bring those responsible to justice.”The knife attack comes after earlier this month two women were subjected to a homophobic attack which left them covered in blood after they refused to kiss on a bus.Melania Geymonat, 28, said the attack on her and her partner, Chris, happened while they were on a London night bus travelling to Camden Town.A group of young men began harassing them when they discovered the women were a couple, asking them to kiss while making sexual gestures. When they refused they were physically attacked. An image of the bloodied couple went viral on social media.Stonewall, the leading LGBT rights charity, said that the attack in Merseyside marks the third serious incident to make headlines this pride month and is yet “another upsetting reminder of how much we still have to do for LGBT equality”.

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