My partner and I knew Ian Baynham, the man who only five years ago was kicked to death by two young thugs near Trafalgar Square. I myself got into a fight about three years ago when some young tosspot decided he wanted to have a go. His reason for starting on us, and I quote, was "two men together, that's just wrong".
Please don't try and tell me homophobia isn't an issue in London now. I know from bitter experience it is.
Unlike men in war killing complete strangers (whom, shock, they may even get on with under other circumstances) because they're told to... with guns and bombs, and which is a perfectly acceptable (and often paid) social norm.
Ironic, isn't it?