Per­ils of be­ing gay

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - David Dickie

Jim is con­vinced his sex­ual ori­en­ta­tion played a ma­jor part in his con­vic­tion.

He said:“It’s like some of the peo­ple I came across live in an­other time, when they used to burn gays on Cas­tle Hill and if you were lucky they would burn you with your boyfriend. They are im­pos­si­ble to deal with and there is no ef­fec­tive rem­edy to their con­duct.

“Ar­ti­cle 13 of the Euro­pean Con­ven­tion says you should have an ef­fec­tive rem­edy but that has no mean­ing in Scot­land, the equal­ity act has no mean­ing.

“In their sub­mis­sion to the GTC, the Crown Of­fice de­scribed me as‘a sin­gle, gay man who lives alone’, which wasn’t true.

“What they are do­ing is us­ing these al­go­rithms, these ma­trixes and say­ing if you are a sin­gle, gay male and you haven’t com­mit­ted a crime, you are more dan­ger­ous than a mar­ried per­son who has. It’s crazy.”

Jim is now an ac­tive cam­paigner for vic­tims of in­jus­tice.

He keeps a signed copy of‘For­ever Lost For­ever Gone’, the au­to­bi­og­ra­phy of Paddy Joe Hill – one of the Birm­ing­ham Six wrongly jailed for the 1974 bomb­ing of two pubs which killed 21 peo­ple.

The mes­sage reads:“From one in­no­cent man to an­other in­no­cent man. Wish­ing you all the hap­pi­ness and suc­cess in the world.”

Sup­port Jim with his signed copy of Paddy Joe Hill’s au­to­bi­og­ra­phy

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