"I always said to myself that I don’t care if everyone hates me," says Jovanie Morrison, "as long as my family and my mum loves me, that’s fine. But I didn’t get that.”
Morrison says he knew he was "special" when he was six-years old, and was aware he was gay by the age of 12. That's when he first considered taking his own life.
“My mum said to me 'if you are gay or ever become gay, you might as well leave my household. The only way you could come out is when you're in the grave.'” Rejected by his family, Morrison eventually ended up homeless.
In this short video, Aaron tells the Equality and Human Rights Commission about his experiences of hate crime and Dr Stevie-Jade Hardy from the University of Leicester gives us a wider insight into the issue.
Homophobia is a hot topic in Leicester with the Hate Crime project being launched to address and raise awareness of the shocking statistics from a study by the University of Leicester that eight in 10 LGBT people have been abused or harassed, with one in 10 suffering physical assault.
Whilst we don’t know how many of these incidences are sports-related, the largest and first international survey, Out on the Field (2015), found that 60% of gay men and 50% of lesbians have been subjected to homophobia in sport.