8th Sep 2015
Homophobic Abuse Fix On ITV
‘I think labelling groups of people is dangerous because it segregates them. Whether you are gay, bi, female, male, black, white, disabled or able-bodied, it doesn’t matter.’
Austen Wright (19) from Newport wants to tackle the use of homophobic language and encourage people to stop defining others by their sexual orientation.
His story was broadcast on ITV News Wales at Six on Thursday 10th September.
In the TV piece, Austen shows a film he's created, with the help of Fixers, to a group of young people.
It warns against judging someone based on their sexuality.
‘I don’t think everyone understands that it’s hard enough coming out without the comments people make,’ explains Austen.
‘Some people can make you feel so low and so different and so wrong, that you feel disgusted in yourself.’
To watch Austen’s Fixers film ‘More Than A Label’, click on the image below.
Andrew Davies, CEO of Unity Group Wales, supports Austen's campaign and also appears in the broadcast piece. He urges victims of homophobic abuse to speak up.
‘A lot of people turn round and say the police won’t do anything, but they can’t do anything if they don’t know anything about it,’ says Andrew.
‘That is why it is so important to report these things.’
Austen adds: ‘I know that I am not going to change the world with this project, but I would like for just one or two people to see this and for it to change their world.
‘If they felt empowered – that would be great.’
You can watch Austen's TV film here at the top of this page.
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Cassie Guy is also taking a stand against homophobic bullying and
wants to show others how harmful name-calling can be. Watch her TV story.