IDAHOBIT 2016: International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia
May 17th is International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia and we have been busy. Here are a few things we would like to share:
Give five minutes to tackle hate
This short survey asks UK LGBT people their thoughts about hate crime and reporting. It’s part of a project to combat hate at a European level. Please take a few minutes to fill it out and share it:
Community Alliance to Combat Hate
We are very proud to be leading a new coalition of anti-hate crime charities working to provide top quality help and advocacy for people who experience hate crime in Westminster and Hackney. We are pleased to have our caseworker Sanj working with people who experience homophobia and biphobia for this project, and Serge providing specialist help to people facing transphobia. On top of that we still have our domestic abuse, sexual violence and hate crime advocacy services across London and provide advice nationally. See more about our partnership at www.catch-hatecrime.org.uk
Domestic Abuse Workshop
The LGBT Domestic Abuse Partnership (DAP) runs a free workshop for LGBT people in London who have experienced or are experiencing domestic abuse, either from an intimate partner of family member. Our trained group facilitators will provide a safe, non-judgmental place to help work through the impact of both past and current abuse. This workshop will focus on areas such as identifying what is an abusive relationship, building and encouraging confidence, assertiveness and self-esteem and recognising and understanding relationship patterns. The workshop will be held at a central London venue. Travel costs are available for participants on low incomes. Get in touch for more information on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 7704 6767 and ask to speak to Olivia or Peter. Find out more about the DAP at www.lgbtdap.org.uk.
National LGBT Hate Crime Partnership
It’s been a privilege to be lead delivery partner for a huge year long project to improve the reporting and response to homophobia, biphobia and transphobia through training, partnership initiatives, information resources and campaigns. We have been really impressed by the dedication of our partners around the UK and are grateful to the Equality & Human Rights Commission for enabling it to happen.
Did you know…
Every week, roughly 550 anti-LGBT crimes are estimated to be committed nationally. Yet a huge 35,000 homophobic, biphobic and transphobic crimes go unreported each year according to research. Some of those are extreme acts of violence, but most involve more everyday types of abuse that people feel forced to put up with. At Galop we believe everyone deserves the right to be who they are without fear of abuse. If you experience or see homophobia, biphobia or transphobia, tell us about it so we can get it recorded, on our helpline 020 7704 2040.
One person’s journey
A man who got in touch with us seeking support following sexual assault, also told us about homophobic harassment from people in his neighbourhood. It had gone on for over a year and he faced abuse every time he left or returned home. It left him feeling very depressed and suicidal. Our caseworker met him regularly, talking through options and providing emotional support. He eventually made the difficult decision to speak up to the police and his housing association, and we accompanied him to several appointments. Having to repeat his story to multiple people was not easy and he said that without our support he would not have gone through with it. With our help the perpetrators were given a harassment warning and a restraining order, and after considerable negotiation we got our client moved. We also matched him with a volunteer through our mentoring project who regularly met him and helped him secure a job after many months of unemployment. We also helped him get specialist counselling to work through the abuse he has experienced. Solving the problem had a huge impact on him, leading him to write “I haven’t felt so relaxed in my entire life”. He also described moving from feelings of shame and isolation around his sexuality, to a significant increase in his confidence and self-esteem.
Our Chief Executive, Nik went to 10 Downing Street for their annual LGBT reception along with other LGBT community leaders
Our sexual violence specialist, Catherine gave a presentation about consent at the first European Chemsex Forum. Details about the event here – www.profbriefings.co.uk/chemsex2016/chemsex16resources.html
New European hate crime victim support guidance that we contributed to – www.h8hurts.eu/hate-crime-victim-support
We’re pleased to be charing the LGBT session at the upcoming International Network for Hate Studies conference. If you’re attending, come and say hello –www.ulsites.ul.ie/hhrg/inhs-conference
Whats going on near you for IDAHOBIT? Find out here –www.dayagainsthomophobia.org