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LGBT+ Hate Crimes and Religion

Most religions state that being LGBT+ is wrong and due to this some people feel that it is necessary, and up to them, to take a life in order to stop the spread of the disease. It is a very common practice around the world for religious folk to partake in an assault, that is often shown as an underground sport, called Gay Bashing – this can leave an LGBT+ member with serious head injuries and many are even killed.

It is more common than most people think, in places such as the USA, Australia, and Japan. But, unfortunately, it is constantly on the rise due to the world becoming more screwed up as the minutes goes by – after all, we now have Donald Trump as a world leader…

A very visual display of Gay Bashing is the videos of Gay men being decapitated, or thrown from towers, in Asia. However, Gay Bashing against Muslim women is on the rise in the UK, and it’s not because of Islam like everyone suggests.

In response to this, I have done some drawings of women wearing Hijabs and Niqabs.

The first one I drew was this one:


woman-590490_1920I drew it using charcoal before then using a white chalk to do the highlights. I worked from a photograph (shown to the right) which I found on a copyright free website (Pixabay) in order to have something to work from.



I then went on to drawing a cartoon woman wearing a hijab which eventually got coloured and turned rainbow (as you can see to the right)!

I plan on doing digital versions of these drawings, starting with the first one. I will also work from images of Muslim women, as well as women and men from other religions who are within the LGBT+. This is to identify that being LGBT+ is not exclusive to Atheists, Pagans, and Christians.

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LGBT+ Hate Crimes

Due to being different, people within the LGBT+ are subjected to hate and hate crimes on a daily basis. Not a week goes by without the news telling us of yet another trans woman being murdered due to their gender.

A very major hate crime against the LGBT+ happened last year in Orlando, Florida. This crime has been shadowed and toned down by the news and FBI by suggesting it was just another extremist attack, diluting the original reason to why the man committed murder – which lead to him killing 49 brothers and sisters within the LGBT+ community. The Orlando Pulse shooting is officially the biggest and deadliest massacre ever performed on US soil by a single person, but this is overlooked due to who the shooter was – leaving the real pain of the people affected in the shadows.

Sia, a popular singer from Australia, wrote and performed a song called The Greatest which was not only dedicated to the victims of the song, but it was directly about them. The video showed 49 young dancers who, at the end of the video, were gunned down; bullet holes showing in the walls at the end.

Learning of the song and its meaning, I decided to do a piece dedicated to it, showing the back of a person with white and black hair, similar to that of Sia’s iconic look, but also using it as the light and dark tones.

I did this piece using charcoal and chalk before sticking it, so that it doesn’t fade, with hairspray.

I will continue looking into hate crimes and drawing pieces in response.



Note: If you haven’t viewed the video or listened to the song by Sia, I highly recommend you do. I will place the video below.

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Final Major Project Statement of Intent

Title: Normalised Hate

As an extension of my previous project, I am going to be looking into Religion and LGBT+, specifically looking into religious practices toward LGBT+ members and the effect religion has on some LGBT+ members. My project is entitled Normalised Hate; I will be accounting my and others experiences of conversion therapy and LGBT+ hate crimes committed by religious groups and religion-influenced practitioners. The end goal of my project is to make non-LGBT+ members aware of the discrimination we go through by creating a series of graphic designs.

To start my research, I will be looking at statistics and texts that show the statistics of LGBT+ discrimination, including the percentage of homeless youth due to their parents, whose religious convictions make them intolerant to the LGBT+ community. I will also be looking at statistics provided by Live Love Laugh Ranting (LLLRanting). I will be researching digital and graphic artists, such as Jessica Walsh, Chip Kidd, and Saul Bass. I plan on going to the Hepworth Art Museum to see the Disobedient Bodies exhibition – I am also hoping to go to Abbey House Museum to see their Fairy Tales and Fantasy exhibition which will inform my ideas on how to present truth as fiction in order to deliver a strong message, as academic research has shown that readers are more likely to believe fiction than fact.

I hope to work, mainly, through digital art while also using some traditional techniques, such as watercolours and sketching. I plan on working through both pencil and digital sketches in the beginning to get my ideas out before going more into graphic designing. I hope to learn to use Vector drawing software to make my graphic designs. I’m going to be experimenting with different software’s in order to find the best software to make my graphic designs with; I’m hoping to test Canva, Photoshop, Illustrator, Pixlr, Sketchbook, Affinity Photo, and Affinity Designer. For the first few weeks of my project, I plan on practising my graphic design skills while researching. I will also be talking to people outside of college and getting critiques, as well as asking about their experiences with hate crime.

I will be keeping a daily journal to accompany my project to record my thoughts and ideas, as well as review my processes and progress toward the end goal of the project. I will be having discussions with staff and students within college about my work and ideas, as well as talking to Artists outside of college who are LGBT+ to ensure that my project is coherent and comprehensible, but also powerful enough to get the message across.




  • Week 1 – Artist research: I will be looking into Saul Bass, Andy Warhol, and Jessica Walsh, to start. I will also be doing Idea Building, looking into discrimination crimes of the past hundred years.
  • Week 2 to 4 – I will be researching and practising using different pieces of software, using different processes, in order to find the best working process for my work.
  • Week 5 to 6 – Exploring Designs: I will be experimenting with different styles and colours, in order to find which design is more successful in attracting attention.
  • Week 7 to 8 – Working on making the text standout and making sure the message is going to come across strong.
  • Week8/9+ – Designing the final pieces and getting them printed large scale.