The LGF launches ‘No Hate in Our Village’ campaign

Publish Date: 23/01/2014

The Lesbian & Gay Foundation (The LGF) launched their hard hitting hate crime awareness campaign, ‘No Hate in Our Village’ in Manchester’s Canal Street today.

Working in partnership with the Village Business Association (VBA), The LGF are calling for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGB&T) community to work together and ‘Report Hate.’

The launch of the campaign marks this week’s Manchester Hate Crime Awareness Week and emphasises that there are still a huge number of hate crimes that go unreported, but there are alternative ways of reporting available - which third party reporting centres, such as The LGF can help with.

The campaign takes a serious approach towards the offensive language that is unfortunately, heard often in the LGB&T community by addressing the physical and emotional impact that words such as faggot, dyke, freak, tranny and greedy can have.

These terms are being used in a positive way to empower individuals to realise that they shouldn’t have to hear those words and that while we can reclaim ownership of these words and extinguish the emotional impact that they can have, we should also recognise them as hatred and report them.

The launch event was hosted at Polari and saw the new campaign banner tackling hate crime unveiled on Canal Street.

The LGF are encouraging people to show their support by downloading the striking poster images to distribute throughout the community and to use them as their profile pictures for social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook.

We are also holding a free Hate Crime Awareness event on Saturday 25 January 1-3pm to provide information and support for the LGB&T community on how to report, why you should report and what support is available for victims of hate crime, including information from other organisations such as the Greater Manchester Police. For more info, click here.

For further information and to show your support for the campaign by downloading the posters, banners and profile pictures, please visit: www.lgf.org.uk/reporthate