Manchester made a stand against hate crime on Sunday 17th May to mark International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT).
The LGBT Foundation organised the event to encourage people to report all incidents of hate crime, whether they’re the witness or the victim. Too often LGBT people believe that nothing can be done about verbal or physical abuse, but this isn’t the case.
The LGBT Foundation told Gaylife, “Over the past year, we know that of all the hate crimes reported to us, 81% were homophobic, 13% were transphobic and 3% were biphobic. 65% of these were verbal and 24% were physical hate crimes or incidents.
The simple fact is if hate crime isn’t reported then nothing can be done about it, and we’ll never know the true extent of the problem. It could also mean that other people might receive the same or worse abuse. We believe that every single incident of hate crime, no matter how big or small, should be reported.
You can report in a number of ways, including third party reporting centres such as LGBT Foundation, by popping into our building on Richmond Street, phoning our helpline on 0345 3 30 30 30 or you can use our easy access Hate Crime Reporting Web-app (anonymously if you wish) at https://lgbt.foundation/report”.