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Knowsley Council lights bridge to mark Transgender Day of Remembrance

by Alison Cornmell

This Saturday 20 November Knowsley Council will illuminate the Greystone Footbridge, over the M62 in Huyton, blue, pink, and white to mark Transgender Day of Remembrance.

The annual day remembers those who have been killed as a result of transphobia and raises awareness of the continued violence endured by transgender people across the globe.

Cllr Shelley Powell, Knowsley’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Neighbourhoods said: “We are dedicated to the safety and wellbeing of our communities. That is why, throughout the year, we use our ‘No More Hate’ campaign to raise awareness of the forms hate crime comes in and how it can be reported. Although there are few reports of hate crime in Knowsley, just one is one too many and we work with our partners to tackle this issue head on.

“To mark this year’s Transgender Day of Remembrance we will be lighting the Greystone Footbridge blue, pink, and white to represent the transgender pride flag and to show our support of the community. Internally we will also be raising awareness of the day with Knowsley Council staff, signposting further information about the importance of the day.”

Hate Crime is defined an act where the victim or anyone else thinks it was motivated by hostility or prejudice based on one of the following things:  Disability, Sex, Age, Race, Religion, Transgender identity, Sexual orientation. You can read more about what Hate Crime is here.

If it feels like the situation could get heated or violent very soon or if someone in immediate danger call 999 straight away.

You can report hate crime online or call 1010. If you’d prefer to speak to a police officer in person visit a police station, Merseyside Police can provide a safe and comfortable environment at any of our police stations.

Alternatively, if you don’t feel comfortable reporting it to the police you can report it to Stop Hate UK 0800 138 1625.

Reports can also be made and safety can be found at Merseyside Fire and Rescue stations across Knowsley and Merseyside. Providing there are fire officers on site, you can report any incident of hate crime here. If the fire station is closed and you need immediate assistance all fire stations have yellow phone boxes outside the building that will connect you to the emergency response control room.