LGBT+ charity Stonewall has released some shocking new statistics surrounding anti-LGBT incidents in the UK.
New research has shown that there has been a worrying 78% increase in hate crime against lesbian, gay and bisexual people over the past four years, jumping from 9% in 2013 to 16% in 2017.
In a new YouGov polling of over 5,000 LGBT+ people, 21% revealed that they have experienced a hate crime due to their sexual orientation and/or gender identity.
What’s even more concerning is that a huge 81% of LGBT+ people admitted that after being a victim of a hate crime they didn’t report the incident to the police.
Elsewhere, 41% of trans people asked in the survey said that they have experienced abuse because of their gender identity in the past 12 months.
In a breakdown of the data, further statistics paint a more detailed picture of anti-LGBT incidents in the UK.
When it comes to LGB people between 18-24 years old, 33% of them have experienced a hate crime in the past 12 months. That climbs to 56% for trans youth in the same age bracket.
A third of black, Asian and minority ethnic people (34%) have been a victim of a hate crime based on the sexual orientation and/or gender identity in the past year, compared to 20% of white LGBT+ people.
What’s more, the data found that LGBT+ people of a non-Christina faith are more likely to be a victim of anti-LGBT abuse than LGBT+ in general.
As for LGBT+ people looking for housing, 10% were discriminated against when hoping to rent or buy a home in the past 12 months, which climbs to 24% for BAME LGBT+ people.
One in six LGBT+ people has been discriminated against based on their sexuality or gender identity while visiting a café, restaurant, bar or nightclub in the past year.
“While we have come a long way in the past 25 years, it is clear there is still a huge amount of work we need to do before all LGBT people can feel safe, included and free to be themselves in Britain today,” said Ruth Hunt, Chief Executive, Stonewall.
“This report warns against complacency and stands as a call to action for everyone who supports equality. We now need to work together, to bring forward the day when no individual faces hatred or discrimination simply because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
“At Stonewall, we want everyone across Britain who feels impacted by reading this report to join our campaign and pledge to come out for LGBT people everywhere, as visible allies. Together we can create the world where LGBT people are accepted without exception.”
Stonewall is urging people to take a visible stand against LGBT+ hate crime with their Come Out for LGBT campaign, as well as call out anti-LGBT online abuse if it is safe to do so.
The charity also wants LGBT+ people to report incidents of homophobia, biphobia or transphobia when accessing public services like housing or social services.
Victims or their friends and family should contact Stonewall’s Information Service on 08000 50 20 20 for advice and support.
Words Lewis Corner