In the latest 12 months (up to 30th June 2022) 2,100 people across Greater Machester were subjected to hate crime because of their sexual orientation, up 23.7% from the year before.
In addition to this, 346 people across Greater Manchester were subjected to hate crime because of their gender identity, a 69.6% increase from the year before.
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.
Over the next year 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.
Plus we will be engaging with a cross section of organisations to ensure LGBTQ+ people are protected from hate and supported appropriately.
You can download the I Choose Kindness social media frame so you can pledge to the campaign and make a stand against hate.
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. PLEASE USE THIS FORM TO TELL US ABOUT YOUR EXPERIENCE
We understand that reliving your experiences can be distressing. Click here to view our resource with details on how to get help and support.