Irish LGBT+ community hold kissing protest calling for hate crime law

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On November 6, the community came together in Kildare Street to kiss as a declaration that action must be taken against homophobic violence.

We The People Communications stated on Facebook, “If like us you’re horrified by the recent spate of violent crimes against members of the LGBTI+ community then join us in doing something about it. Next week we are joining a bunch of like-minded people to #ShiftTheHateAway in a hugely visible sign of defiance, strength and solidarity and to demand the Government introduces Hate Crime Legislation without delay.”

The Department for Justice and Equality launched phase one of a new consultation process in developing hate speech and hate crime legislation on October 24. However, hate crime legislation is still currently in the research phase with legislation expected next year.

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