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The International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia

by Alison Cornmell

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

Founded in 2004, IDAHOBIT aims to raise awareness of violence and discrimination against LGBTQ+ people to drive positive change and is now celebrated in more than 130 countries around the world. The theme of this year’s IDAHOBIT day is Our Bodies, Our Lives, Our Rights which supports people’s right to live their sexualities, express their gender(s) freely, without discrimination or physical violence, and discourage the use of discriminatory language.

In the UK, transphobic hate crimes have quadrupled in the last five years, with 4 out of 5 trans people experiencing a transphobic hate crime, and 1 in 4 experiencing physical assault or the threat of physical assault. There has been a 7% increase in sexual orientation-based hate crimes from 2019/20 to 2020/21. This has been coupled with a rise in the number of reported transphobic hate crimes. In 2016/17 the number was 1195.

What’s happening in Knowsley?

Residents are 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, 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 is 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 police station.

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

For more information about the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia visit What is May 17? ~ May17.org