Ian Baynham’s memory lives on
Those responsible for the death of 62 year old gay man Ian Baynham were pictured on the BBC News website.
I didn’t know Baynham – London’s a big place and contrary to what some ignorant people might think, us ‘gays’ don’t all know each other – news of his death and of the vigil held in memory of him touched many people, including me.
The details of his death were horrific. Seeing the identities of those responsible for his death even more disturbing. Because – this is the worst of it – they don’t look like homophobes.
Of course. I’ve no idea what a homophobe actually looks like. Because there is no stereotypical view of what a homophobe looks like, just as there isn’t a stereotypical view of a gay man.
But the point remains the same. We need to all collectively make sure that such an act doesn’t happen again. All of us, straight or gay, need to keep an eye out for anything we sense might be an indication of homophobic views. And then we should take action, in a suitably appropriate (and preferrably) non-violent way.