Stonewall Scotland have realised their new state of the national report LGBT in Scotland: Hate Crime and Discrimination. The report reveals the high levels of hate crime and discrimination LGBT people in Scotland face on a daily basis such as;
- One in five LGBT people in Scotland (20 per cent) have experienced a hate crime or incident for being LGBT in the last 12 months. This number increases to half of trans people (48 per cent).
- More than four in five LGBT people (87 per cent) who experience a hate crime or incident did not report the incident to the police.
- A third of LGBT people (36 per cent) aren’t comfortable walking down the street while holding their partner’s hand.
Alarmingly, the percentage of lesbian, gay and bi people who experienced a hate crime or incident in the last year has increased by 89 per cent in the last five years, from nine per cent in 2013 to 17 per cent in 2017. The report also reveals the routine discrimination that LGBT people face in everyday life, whether using public services, renting a home or simply visiting their local shop, gym or place of worship.
While we can see progress is being made, there is clearly a long we to go before LGBT people can live free from hate crime and discrimination.
Stonewall have recently launched there #ComeOuForLGBT campaign which aims to encourage all supporters to proactively stand up to LGBT equality. More information about their campaign can be found here
In addition to this Scottish Labour support the TIE (Time for Inclusive Education) campaign which seeks to combat homophobia, biphobia and transphobia with inclusive education.
While running and organising their national campaign for LGBTI inclusive education in all schools, they also offer various services free of charge – including school assemblies, teacher training and workplace seminars. Hover over the images below for more information and click the ‘Bookings’ tab above to enquire about booking one of our services.
Earlier this week the co-founders of TIE held an exhibition in the parliament which I was happy to support.