Half of Manchester LGB people experience homophobic or biphobic hate crime: but very few report it

Publish Date: 19/02/2014

A report launched today by The Lesbian & Gay Foundation (The LGF) with the support of Manchester City Council’s Equalities Team - Community Safety: the state of the city for Manchester’s lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) communities - found that LGB people’s needs are not being recognised and addressed across Manchester when they are most in need of support.

Homophobic and biphobic hate crime is a common experience among the LGB community, yet reporting of it is low as nearly 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.

Substantial evidence shows that experience of hate crime and an increased fear of becoming a victim of crime has a significantly negative impact on LGB people’s lives.

Unfortunately, we don’t know enough about LGB people’s experiences in other areas of community safety, such as general crime, domestic violence, sexual violence and exploitation, housing and access to community safety services, because of a lack of sexual orientation monitoring in public services. This also means that there is little evidence that services in Manchester are aware of or meeting the needs of the LGB community.

Heather Williams, Policy and Research Manager at The LGF, said: “This report is significant as it both underlines the extent of hate crime experienced by LGB people in Manchester and highlights areas where we do not know enough about LGB community safety. We hope that agencies across the city will take up the recommendations in order to better understand and meet the needs of LGB people in Manchester.”

The report brings together the available evidence on LGB people’s community safety needs and experiences in Manchester. It sets out a series of recommendations for all those with a stake in the future of Manchester and the gay Village as a social, cultural and economic hub where LGB people can feel safe and reach their full potential.

The report can be downloaded from: www.lgf.org.uk/communitysafety

To help encourage people to report hate crime and to recognise alternative ways of reporting, The LGF are currently running a campaign in partnership with the Village Business Association (VBA) called ‘No Hate in Our Village.’ For more information about the campaign, please visit: www.lgf.org.uk/reporthate