Hoddesdon Post Office has been showing their support for the LGBT+ community with colourful rainbow fans during Pride week, after being moved by anti-homophobia campaigning by The Only Way is Essex star, Bobby Norris, who is a regular customer.
Co-owners of the branch Toulla Pantelli and Dina Kraja know TV celebrity Bobby Norris, who is openly gay, and his mother, as both are often at the branch inside Hoddesdon library.
Toulla and Dina, said: “This is the first year that we have got involved with Pride. Neither of us are gay, but we really wanted to show our support for the LGBT+ community. Bobby is a great guy and he has made us realise what many people who are gay have to contend with. It is even worse for high profile people, like Bobby, who are trying to tackle homophobic abuse.”
The out-and-proud reality star started a petition last year against trolling to try to make online anti-LGBT+ abuse a criminal offence.
Last month Bobby told Parliament about the homophobic abuse that he has suffered, including daily death threats. He appeared before Parliament’s Petitions Committee, via video link, as part of a new inquiry into online abuse.
As more people are using social media during the Coronavirus pandemic and for greater amounts of time, Bobby feels that it is even more imperative that we take steps to tackle online abuse and to stamp it out.