In the period from June 2022 to May 2023 1804 people across Greater Manchester were subjected to hate crime because of their sexual orientation, up 69% in the last 3 years.
In addition to this, 311 people across Greater Manchester were subjected to hate crime because of their gender identity, a 115% increase from the same period 3 years ago.
THIS NEEDS TO CHANGE!
We're asking Greater Manchester to choose kindness, for us to connect and show each other compassion so we all feel safe to be our true selves.
Through our 'I Choose Kindness' campaign we will be raising awareness of the abuse, violence and intimidation faced by LGBTQ+ people, just because they're gay, lesbian, bi, trans, non-binary, queer, intersex or asexual. We'll also encourage more people to report hate crime and provide resources to educate and support our communities and allies.
You can learn more about how to identify hate crimes and find out exactly how and where to the report the using our Hate Crime Reporting Pack. You can also use our diary sheets to record the details of any hate incidents you experience so that when reporting you have all the information you need written down.
Plus we will be engaging with a cross section of organisations to ensure LGBTQ+ people are protected from hate and supported appropriately.
As part of the campaign, we'd like to hear from our communities about any incidents of hate you've experienced. Your insights will form a vital part of our research to help us to build a greater understanding of the types of hate crimes affecting LGBTQ+ people in Greater Manchester.
By providing first hand accounts, you will help us to adapt our outreach and engagement to ensure the campaign is focused on improving the lives of LGBTQ+ people.