Force Supports Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans History Month
Monday 1 February, 2016
West Yorkshire Police and the Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire are supporting Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans History Month as part of our continued hate crime campaign.
To coincide with February's LGB&T History Month, a particular focus is being placed on raising awareness of homophobic and transphobic hate crime and how to report it. Over the coming month, officers will be engaging with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities at LGB&T History Month events.
LGB&T History Month aims to promote equality and diversity and celebrate the lives and achievements of both lesbian, gay and bisexual and trans communities.
The joint ‘Hate Hurts’ hate crime campaign was launched in 2014 to raise awareness of the five strands of hate crime - race, sexual orientation, faith, disability and gender identity.
Temporary Assistant Chief Constable Angela Williams said: "This coming month is all about celebrating the achievements of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans communities.
“As a society we have come a long way in our understanding and acceptance of all sexual orientations and gender identities. Unfortunately though there remains a small minority who think it is acceptable to target someone because of their sexuality or gender identity.
“At the heart of our hate crime campaign is the message that being who you are is not a crime and is something that you should be proud of but targeting a particular individual because of their perceived differences is abhorrent and something that will not be tolerated.
“We would urge anyone who has been a victim of, or witnessed, a hate crime or incident to report it to us. That way we can ensure that it is dealt with, with support put in place and appropriate action taken against those responsible."
West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Mark Burns-Williamson said: "Hate crime is committed against people when they are targeted because of their race, sexual orientation, religion, disability or gender identity...essentially for being who they are which is never acceptable.
"With West Yorkshire Police, I am committed to tackling all hate crime, putting victims and witnesses at the heart of what we do, we all have a responsibility to challenge the attitudes and behaviours that foster hatred.
"As your PCC I am ensuring the right services are put in place and commissioned for victims and witnesses of hate crime having just given out more than £110,000 through a targeted grant round to organisations with plans to tackle hate crime head on. The fact that this money, from my ring-fenced Victim Support Services Fund, was oversubscribed with applicants applying for more than £500,000 shows how important it is that we all work together to ensure that victims of hate crime feel supported and reports acted upon appropriately."
Anyone with information about a hate incident is asked to report it either by calling 999 in an emergency or 101 in a non-emergency, online at www.westyorkshire.police.uk/hatecrime or www.report-it.org.uk or in person at a police station.
Alternatively, there are independent Hate Incident Reporting Centres (HIRCs) across West Yorkshire for anyone who does not want to speak directly to the police. To find your nearest centre visit the West Yorkshire Police website.