New research exploring hate crimes in the UK show nearly half of LGBT+ Londoners claim to have been a victim of hate crime. Pride in London, which commissioned the research, launched a hate-crime awareness campaign today and revealed it was behind the anonymous ‘hate’ posters and taxi adverts that have been spotted across London since Monday.
Other findings comparing the experiences of LGBT+ Londoners and UK adults show:
- 68% of LGBT+ Londoners worry that they could be a victim of hate crime
- 42% of LGBT+ Londoners have been a victim of hate crime in the last 12 months
- 18% of UK adults believe that they have been a victim of hate crime
- Only a third of UK adults that have experienced a hate crime reported it to the police and amongst LGBT+ Londoners this falls to around a fifth (21%)
Pride in London’s hate crime campaign, supported by the Metropolitan Police Service and the the LGBT+ anti-violence charity Galop, also uses crime statistics and social media data powered by Brandwatch social intelligence to feature real life incidents for hate crime on more than 80 posters throughout the city; supplied by Jack Agency, the ECN digital network, and across the VeriFone Media Digital Taxi Top network displaying 50 different geo located messages.
Reporting hate crime
The research also found that two thirds of those who say they don't report hate crimes, is either due to not knowing they were a victim of a crime or believing that the report would not be taken seriously. According to Metropolitan Police data, hate crimes against the LGBT+ community have increased 35% in London since equal marriage in 2014.
Pride in London co-chairs, Alison Camps and Michael Salter-Church, commented:
“Reported hate crime is the tip of the iceberg. As a community, LGBT+ people face all kinds of daily ‘micro-aggressions’. From having to explain that as a same sex couple you do want a double room in a hotel, to being frowned at for holding your partner’s hand in the street. For a brief time we’re highlighting this across London to raise awareness of the issue.
“2017 marks the 50th anniversary since the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in the UK. Much progress has been made: The abolition of Section 28, the Equal Marriages Act. However, our latest research findings show that if you’re LGBT+ you’re more than twice as likely to experience a hate crime.”
Chief Superintendent Dave Stringer, MPS lead for combating hate crime said:
“One of the big issues surrounding hate crime is lack of reporting. This research from Pride in London backs up our experience that LGBT+ people are often reluctant to report a hate crime.
“The Metropolitan Police is committed to supporting the LGBT+ community and we welcome Pride in London’s campaign that aims to encourage victims of hate crime to come forward and report it. Only through better reporting can we better understand the issue, offer support to those who need it, and tackle the root cause in our communities.
“We take hate crime very seriously and would appeal to anyone who witnesses or suffers any hate of any type to immediately report it so that action can quickly be taken and catch those who are responsible.”
Nik Noone, CEO of LGBT+ anti-violence charity Galop said:
“Galop supports members of our community at traumatic periods in their lives, following violence and abuse. We are extremely grateful to Pride in London for choosing to support this work in our 35th year.
“As shown in the Crime Survey for England & Wales, hate crime has a higher emotional impact than other types of crime because it targets a person’s identity.
“Hate crime isn’t just something that happens at night in the street; 60% of incidents reported to Galop happen in or near people’s homes. Many LGBT+ people, especially trans people, experience hate incidents on a regular basis. Hate crime victim satisfaction rates are lower than for other types of crime. Trans people especially report bad experiences with the police and criminal justice system, and some use non-reporting as a strategy to protect information about their identity from being shared without consent.”
To find out more about reporting a hate crime, a new website hatehappened.com supported by The Metropolitan Police has been launched.
Supporting victims of hate crime
Pride in London also today announced a charity partnership with Galop, the LGBT+ anti-violence charity. Galop give advice and support to people who have experienced biphobia, homophobia, transphobia, sexual violence or domestic abuse. Those wishing to support can text ‘GALO30 £10’ (or any other amount) to 70070 to donate. Each £10 raised will allow Galop to answer another call on the National LGBT Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0800 999 5428.
If you or someone you know faces homophobic, biphobic and transphobic abuse, you have a right to report it and get support. You can report anti-LGBT abuse by calling the police, the Galop helpline (020 7704 2040) or via the Galop website at http://www.galop.org.uk/report-hate/
Galop can give specialist advice and practical assistance to people, both those who want to report to the police and those that want to explore other options.
The Pride in London Festival takes place from Saturday 24 June to Sunday 9 July with the annual Pride in London Parade taking place on Saturday 8 July.