Police confirm probe into ‘homophobic’ abuse shouted at Patrick Harvie

Green Party co-leader was being interviewed for BBC when a man repeatedly shouted ‘deviant’ at him

Police Scotland confirms investigation into ‘homophobic’ abuse hurled at Patrick Harvie

The Scottish Greens co-leader, who is from Dumbarton,  was talking to the BBC on the Rutherglen and Hamilton West by-election campaign trail when a passer-by repeatedly shouted, “you’re a deviant” at him.

Harvie, who is bisexual, replied: “You’re a bigot”.

On Thursday, the Scottish Green Party said it had reported the comments to the police.

And by Friday, officers confirmed they were looking into the incident.

A spokesperson for Police Scotland said: “We are aware of alleged homophobic comments being made and enquiries are ongoing.”Harvie later said “toxic forces” in politics had brought about a rise in anti-LGBT attacks in the UK.

The housing minister, who is a vocal proponent of the Scottish Government’s controversial gender reforms, said: “The fact is there are some pretty toxic forces in politics at the moment that have unleashed homophobia and transphobia in a way that we haven’t seen in many, many years.

“Those who have cultivated this nasty kind of culture war against minorities need to take responsibility for verbal abuse like that but also for violence that we’ve seen rising against LGBT+ people.”

Anti-LGBT hate crime is rising, figures show.

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