Barclays support International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia

Publish Date: 13/05/2014

Barclays bank is collaborating with The Lesbian & Gay Foundation (The LGF) over International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) by displaying messages of support on their cash machines across the UK.

This widespread national support for IDAHOBIT helps to raise awareness of the day on Saturday 17th May and helps to challenge hate against lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGB&T) people. 

A recent report from The LGF, Community Safety: the state of the city for Manchester’s lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) communities, found that half of LGB people living in Manchester have experienced a homophobic or biphobic hate crime or incident - but 62% of them did not report it.

The report found that LGB people’s needs are not being recognised and addressed across Manchester when they are most in need of support.

In response to these findings, The LGF are actively working with the community, businesses and partner organisations such as Barclays to encourage people to report hate crime.

This year, The LGF have launched a new campaign called ‘The Rainbow Connection’ and introduced a variety of ways for people to get involved with IDAHOBIT, including a new hate crime reporting web-app which will allow people to report incidents quickly and anonymously, if needed. This will be launched on 17th May to coincide with IDAHOBIT. Find out more by visiting: www.lgf.org.uk/IDAHOBIT

This is the second year that The LGF has worked in partnership with Barclays over IDAHOBIT and displayed a message on their 3,500 ATMs up and down the country.

If you use a Barclays’ ATM and see our message then tweet us a picture! @lgfoundation #IDAHOBIT2014

You can also help us to continue to support those who have been victims of hate crime by texting ‘FLAG14’ and the amount you wish to donate (e.g. FLAG14 £5) to 70070 or visiting: www.lgf.org.uk/donate/