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Sam spat on due to make-up

- BY LEE GRIMSDITCH Ormskirk

AYOUNG co­me­dian was re­port­edly called ho­mo­pho­bic names and spat on for wear­ing make-up dur­ing a vile pub­lic at­tack.

Sam Ser­rano said they were trav­el­ling to a gig when a man ap­proached them in an al­ley­way on Church Road, in Orm­skirk, on Sun­day.

The 20-year-old, who is gen­der fluid, said their at­tacker tapped them on the shoul­der be­fore hurl­ing the abuse.

Sam said: “I was on my way to a gig and I felt some­one tap me on the shoul­der.

“I turned around and there was a man stand­ing there.

“He called me a f **** t and spat at me.”

Sam was wear­ing makeup at the time and be­lieves that is what prompted the man’s re­ac­tion.

There was a group of chil­dren who also wit­nessed the in­ci­dent but Sam isn’t sure if they were with the man who is de­scribed as be­ing be­tween 30-40 and wear­ing a track­suit.

Sam said: “It was up­set­ting but I wasn’t sur­prised by it.

“I get com­ments or snide looks in the street so of­ten that it’s quite com­mon­place.

“What an­noyed me most is that I wasn’t sur­prised it hap­pened.”

Sam has been wear­ing make-up since age 17, but be­lieves there to be a rise in ho­mo­pho­bic in­ci­dents tak­ing place not just on­line, but out in pub­lic.

As well as play­ing gigs in lo­cal com­edy clubs for the past four years, Sam is also a fi­nal year stu­dent at Edge Hill Univer­sity, study­ing pri­mary ed­u­ca­tion.

Sam hopes that by com­ing for­ward and speak­ing up about what hap­pened it will serve to re­mind peo­ple that ho­mo­pho­bic at­ti­tudes and hate crimes are not a thing of the past, de­spite more re­cent progress such as the le­gal­i­sa­tion of gay mar­riage.

Sam added: “It’s knocked my con­fi­dence as I had started to feel a bit more com­fort­able re­cently wear­ing make-up out and about, and it’s just knocked it straight back down.

“But It’s sad that I feel it’s so com­mon­place now that I wasn’t that shocked by what hap­pened.

“I wear make-up in pub­lic as it’s just a part of my life, and I shouldn’t feel I have to change how I look in pub­lic to avoid that kind of thing.’’

“It should be those peo­ple mak­ing the change, not me.”

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Sam Ser­rano

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