Laura Russell, Director of Campaigns, Policy and Research, Stonewall said: ‘Yet another homophobic attack against a young lesbian in Pride month is just one more unsettling reminder that lesbian, gay, bi and trans people still face hatred simply because of who they are. The attack on Ellie-Mae Mulholland follows a high-profile anti-LGBT and misogynistic attack on two women on a London bus in June. These events should be a wake-up call to everyone that in 2019, lesbians and bi women continue to face discrimination on a daily basis.
‘What we know from our research is that underreporting continues to be a major issue, with four in five anti-LGBT hate crimes going unreported. This is why Stonewall is working with police services across Britain and the Crown Prosecution Service to improve the way LGBT hate crimes are handled.
‘If we want to live in a world where everyone feels safe, we need people to come out in support of LGBT people. It’s only by working together that we will secure equality for lesbian, gay, bi and trans people everywhere.’