LGBT voices should be heard, so consider signing a petition for the government to introduce statutory anonymity for victims of LGB & T hate crime. This is to encourage folks who are afraid of being ‘outed’ to report LGB & T hate crimes to the police and be prepared to give evidence at court. Similar legislation already exists to protect the identity of victims of serious sexual assault, whereby the press cannot identify victims of rape for example. This legislation would also prevent victims of LGB & T hate crime from being re-victimised through hostile media coverage.
Last week (13th – 19th Nov) was national anti-bullying week. On Monday 13th November the Daily Express, Daily Mail, Metro and Sun newspapers published articles disparaging the Church of England’s new guidelines to protect LGB & T school children from bullying. This is after Stonewall’s recent School Report 2017 found, ” … almost half of LGBT pupils still face bullying at school for being LGBT, and more than two in five trans young people have tried to take their own life.”
Monday (20th Nov) was the annual Transgender Day of Remembrance. It doesn’t start with murder – it starts with hate. In 2016/17, there were 9157 hate crimes related to sexual orientation and 1248 transphobic hate crimes in England & Wales, and 1075 hate crimes related to sexual orientation and 40 transphobic hate crimes in Scotland.
Make LGBT voices heard. Please consider signing this petition. You have to be over 18 to sign it, so for those of you who support under 18s please encourage their older friends and family to sign the petition on their behalf.
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