The BBC’s first LGBTQ correspondent, Ben Hunte, has spoken out about the abuse he has received in his ground-breaking new role. Mr Hunte has the remit in his BBC role to provide “insight and analysis” on LGBTQ matters and the debate around sexuality. Speaking in a discussion at LGBT event National Student Pride, he detailed racial and homophobic abuse that has erupted.
‘I didn’t know it was going to be that bad’ He said: “So I wanted to see what my first piece would be like as an LGBT correspondent so I put it out this week.”
It was about LGBT history. And it looked at the fact we don’t actually appreciate the heroes that came before us and represented us.
“In all honesty I have never received so much abuse in my life. Even as being an LGBT YouTuber. “The difficulty with that was I knew it was going to be bad, but I didn’t know it was going to be that bad. “What surprised me most was the lengths people would go to to find me. I had one email that said ‘since when did the BBC allow negroes to present the news?’”
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