The LGF urges Manchester’s Gay Village to 'Report Hate'

Publish Date: 20/01/2014

In support of Manchester Hate Crime Awareness Week on 20-26 January, The Lesbian & Gay Foundation (The LGF) are launching a new campaign in partnership with the Village Business Association (VBA) called ‘No Hate in Our Village.’

Homophobic, biphobic and transphobic hate incidents and crimes against the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender  (LGB&T) community are all too common and while there are an increasing number of hate crimes being reported - in the case of the LGB&T community, there are still a huge number that go unreported.

For over 15 years, The LGF have been a third party hate crime reporting centre for homophobic, biphobic and transphobic hate incidents and crimes - trained staff from The LGF can assist with the reporting of hate crime or help with identifying alternative ways of reporting.

The LGF’s Head of Policy and Engagement Darren Knight said: “Every day we deal with a range of enquiries and people come into our centre for a range of issues and hate crime and incidents remain a significant problem for our community.

“As we’re available from 10am – 10pm every day, we aim to ensure that it’s as simple as possible for people to report incidents and we can offer additional support through our range of services. We work closely with the Greater Manchester Police (GMP) and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner to ensure that our community knows that no incident of hate is acceptable and should always be reported.”

The campaign pulls no punches in terms of its use of language – it highlights both the physical and emotional impact that offensive words such as faggot, dyke, freak, tranny and greedy can have on the LGB&T community.

The words chosen for the five posters in this campaign are sadly heard regularly by members of the LGB&T community who are victims of hate crime. They are short, sharp, and impactful – as is the campaign message of ‘Report Hate!’

We are using these terms in a positive way to help empower individuals so they can reclaim ownership of these words and extinguish the emotional impact that they can have.

Hate crime reporting centres are of vital importance to the LGB&T community as they provide a safe, supportive and neutral space for people to report a hate crime without having to contact the police directly.

Words may hurt, but the simple action of reporting hate crime, whether you’re a victim or a witness, can go a long way towards tackling the perpetrators of hate and ensuring that LGB&T people feel safe not only in the Village, but everywhere else.

You can call us, email us or pop in and we can support you to report incidents and provide you with follow up support as well if you need it, or give you information regarding other support services that you can access.

We are holding an awareness event at The LGF on Saturday 25 January, 1-3pm to help provide information and support on reporting for the LGB&T community. For more info, click here.

Posters will be distributed throughout the Village and a launch event to unveil the campaign banner on Canal Street will be held at 5.15pm on Thursday 23 January at Polari on Canal Street. We are also encouraging supporters through social media to download the poster images and display them as their profile pictures.

For further information, please visit: www.lgf.org.uk/hatecrime