Waltham Forest Pride: Police probe homophobic abuse by woman in niqab

Tuesday 30th July 2019 07:47 EDT

A Muslim woman in niqab was filmed hurling homophobic abuse at Pride marchers in East London. The Pride marcher was wrapped in an LGBT+ rainbow flag when she started yelling, “Shame on you, you despicable people”. She was also heard shouting a line from Alan Partridge where she reportedly said that ‘God created Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve.’

Despite the shocking abuse, the victim however replied, ‘We still love you, you will not shame me,’ as a steward in a yellow vest tried to separate them. Police are now investigating the suspected hate crime, which had happened during Waltham Forest Pride in Hoe Street, Walthamstow.

“Gutted to see this and clear such hatred isn’t acceptable anywhere let alone in our home town.’ She added she was ‘proud‘ to see people ‘from all faiths’, including Islam, joining the Pride march on Saturday,” wrote Stella Creasy, the MP for Walthamstow.

In the meantime, Baroness Warsi condemned the homophobic abuse and called on the police to find the woman.

In a statement, the Met Police has said that they are “aware of footage circulating on social media of abuse directed at those taking part in the Waltham Forest Pride event and enquiries are underway. Abusing someone because of their sexual orientation or gender identity is a hate crime.”

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