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The International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia

by Alison Cornmell

Today, Monday 17 May, is International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia. A worldwide celebration of sexual and gender identities.

The newly elected Merseyside Police Commissioner Emily Spurrell said:

“Listening to and supporting victims was one of my key campaign pledges and I promised that I would work with all our communities to tackle hate crime, so I’m delighted that for one of my first events as Police Commissioner, I will be marking International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT).

“Absolutely no-one should be subjected to physical or verbal attacks simply for being who they are or the life they lead.

“The theme for IDAHOBIT in 2021 is ‘Together: Resisting, Supporting, Healing’ and this has never been more important given the challenges of the last year. IDAHOBIT is an opportunity to show our dedication to eradicating LGBTI hate crime and to visibly demonstrate our shared commitment to creating an equal, inclusive and diverse society, where everyone can flourish.

“It is also an opportunity to let anyone affected by LGBTI-related hate crime know that help is available. Merseyside Police takes incidences of hate extremely seriously and will take robust action against anyone caught committing a hate crime. You can also report a hate incident anonymously to independent charity Stop Hate UK.

“We know crimes motivated by hate often have a particularly long-lasting and traumatic impact on the lives of those who are targeted. Those affected can be particularly vulnerable and may feel isolated or excluded.”

Residents are also reminded of Knowsley Council’s No More campaign which addresses global issues of inequality and discrimination and uses its power as a local authority to make positive change in Knowsley for its residents.

By working in partnership with a number of organisations including Merseyside Police, Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service, housing associations, Knowsley’s Youth Parliament & Vibe, and the International Slavery Museum it aims to prevent incidents from occurring in the first place, but also to empower victims of hate crime to come forward, either as an individual or as a community.

Here you can read more about what hate crime is and the methods you can use to report it.

HOW CAN I REPORT HATE CRIME?

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 101. 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.