Today I am writing a short piece about the Dispatches documentary The Hunted. Just from the trailer I knew this would open up all sorts of old wounds for two reasons, 1 I am a big campaigner for human rights and 2 I have known several people driven to drastic self destructive action after receiving abuse for their sexuality.
So it was with bated breath that on 10pm Wednesday night I sat down to watch the program whilst chatting to my boyfriend on Facebook. It is fair to say neither he nor I have ever been so appalled or shocked in our lives. It is by far the single most disturbing thing I have witnessed.
I really feel that everyone needs to see this masterpiece of a documentary before they die, it would change a lot of views about homophobia.
One of the most striking things is how grateful I feel after watching it. I am grateful that I can walk hand in hand with my boyfriend in relative safety where I live, and that, I feel, is something that will stay with me for a VERY long time.
I don’t think I have cried as much or for as long as I did after watching The Hunted, neither my boyfriend or I could believe what we had witnessed. It was such a well presented, well conceived piece of journalism that it will stay with me for a very long time.
One of the things that saddens me most is that there is not more I could do right now to help the people affected in Russia, I can only imagine what it must be like to live in constant fear.
If you get the chance PLEASE watch and support this film, I guarantee it will change the way you see the world around you.