If I were queer-bashed, however, the law has no recourse to tougher sentences. Why? Do not both types of attacks have the effect of terrorising whole communities?
As long as the law does not prioritise homophobic alongside racist hate crimes, it will have failed to play its proper part in the fight against the endemic homophobia in our society.
But this is only to be expected from a legal system that enforces Section 28 and a discriminatory age of consent and has an array of offences, such as group sex and gross indecency, which apply only to homosexuals.
Far from discouraging the homophobia which leads to atrocities such as the nail bombing in Soho, the law at present actually helps to legitimate it.