New figures from the BBC today have found a decrease in people being prosecuted for anti-LGBT hate crimes, despite more people coming forward to report them.
Laura Russell, Director of Campaigns, Policy and Research, Stonewall said: ‘These figures show a worrying trend and we’d like to see an investigation into why there has been this drop. Reporting of hate crime against lesbian, gay, bi and trans people has been rising in recent years, which shows LGBT people feel more confident reporting to the police. Though we know from our 2017 research that four in five anti-LGBT hate crimes still go unreported, with younger LGBT people particularly reluctant to go to the police.
‘It’s vital that we improve confidence in the way the criminal justice system deals with anti-LGBT crime. A crucial part of this is making sure perpetrators of these crimes are brought to justice. We also need consistent sentencing so that LGBT people know that they will be fully supported. The Law Commission in England and Wales announced a review of sentencing last year and this is an important first step to ensure crimes based on someone’s sexual orientation, gender identity or disability are treated equally to those based on race and faith.
‘There’s a role for all of us in reducing anti-LGBT hate crimes and building a society where everyone is safe. We need people who believe in equality to take action and to come out for LGBT people by supporting LGBT charities, communities and your LGBT friends and family.’