A same sex couple have sent a defiant message to a teenage gang who made vile homophobic taunts in Preston: “You’ll never bring us down.”
Jaymie Fines and her wife Daisy say they refuse to let the abusers win, saying: “Your hate is your own.”
Chef Daisy, 19, was mocked as she walked through the city centre one afternoon after work. A group of youths – including one girl – started to follow her.
“They started shouting things like ‘what the .... are you?’ It was horrible. It was embarrassing. They wouldn’t leave me alone.
“It was just about the way I looked. I don’t look female in the slightest. They seemed to find it hilarious and were just being vile.
“Why should I have to put up with that sort of stuff for just trying to be myself?”
The couple live in Mansfield, but Daisy was working temporarily at a restaurant in Preston when she was abused. Jaymie sent a message to the Post for publication saying: “Whilst walking through Preston my wife was subjected to transphobic, homophobic abuse. This is my best friend, my lover, my soul mate and my life partner.
“I’ve been blessed enough to be raised with a family who have filled my life with love. I have a fantastically diverse group of friends who have taught me to not fear what I don’t understand.
“I’ve spent the last five years training to be a therapist. This training has taught me empathy, understanding and patience for people who have sorrow and hate in their hearts.
“My message is simple. Your hate is your own. You will not infect my family with your hate.
“We are love. We are light. And you’ll never bring us down.”