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Institutions 'need to do more to combat hate' towards LGBT community, says MLP

Party speaks out at 'time of rising tension and misinformation'

Institutions on the Island 'need to do more to combat hate aimed towards the LGBT community and squash lies as they emerge'.

That's from the Manx Labour Party, in light of what it describes as 'a time of rising tension and misinformation'.

It follows bomb threats made towards QEII High School in Peel, the site at the centre of a row over the Relationships and Sexual Education Curriculum.

The education minister said the school was sent 'demands for the arrest and execution of staff members' after inaccurate claims were made regarding a drag queen in the school.

Earlier this month a post box in the Isle of Man Sea Terminal, painted in rainbow colours in support of the Island's LGBT community, was vandalised.

The Manx Labour Party says: 'Exploiting the fears of parents to spread hate is poisonous in such a small island community.'

'Our institutions need to do more to combat hate and squash lies as they emerge. We firmly stand with the LGBT community at this time and will continue to advocate for the protection of the those who are currently under attack.

'The island’s progressive community have won important battles lately, the legalisation of gay marriage, abortion and encoded protection under the law would not have been won without solidarity and a collective fight. We’ve made progress, but these incidents show that there is a lot more work to do.'

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