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Hate crime against LGBT people in Britain increases by 78 per cent since 2013

  • New Stonewall research also shows one in five LGBT people have experienced a hate crime or incident because of their sexual orientation and/or gender identity in the last 12 months 

  • Two in five trans people have experienced a hate crime or incident because of their gender identity in the last 12 months 

  • Four in five anti-LGBT hate crimes and incidents go unreported, with younger LGBT people particularly reluctant to go to the police

  • Stonewall launches national awareness campaign to encourage all people to ‘Come Out for LGBT’ and show support 

Stonewall, the lesbian, gay, bi and trans equality charity, today releases new research highlighting the shocking levels of hate crime and discrimination that LGBT people still face in Britain today.

Based on YouGov polling of over 5,000 LGBT people, the research reveals:

  • Hate crime: One in five LGBT people (21 per cent) have experienced a hate crime or incident due to their sexual orientation and/or gender identity in the last 12 months
  • The number of lesbian, gay and bi people in Britain who have experienced hate crime has increased by 78 per cent in five years, from nine per cent in 2013 to 16 per cent in 2017
  • Two in five trans people (41 per cent) have experienced a hate crime or incident because of their gender identity in the last 12 months
  • Four in five LGBT people (81 per cent) who experienced a hate crime or incident didn’t report it to the police
  • Youth: 33 per cent of 18 to 24-year-old lesbian gay and bi people and over half (56 per cent) of trans young people of the same age, having experienced a hate crime or incident in the last 12 months. Just 12 per cent of these people report it to the police.
  • BAME: A third of black, Asian and minority ethnic LGBT people (34 per cent) have experienced a hate crime or incident based on their sexual orientation and/or gender identity in the last 12 months, compared to 20 per cent of white LGBT people
  • Religion: LGBT people of a non-Christian faith were more likely to have experienced hate crime or incident than LGBT people in general, with almost a third (30 per cent) experiencing this in the last 12 months
  • Disability: LGBT disabled people are more likely to have experienced a hate crime or incident based on their sexual orientation and/or gender identity: 27 per cent in the last year compared to 17 per cent of non-disabled LGBT people
  • Safety in public: Three in ten LGBT people (29 per cent) avoid certain streets because they do not feel safe there as an LGBT person. More than a third of LGBT people (36 per cent) don’t feel comfortable walking down the street while holding their partner's hand. This increases to three in five gay men (58 per cent).  
  • Housing: One in ten LGBT people looking to rent or buy a home in the last 12 months were discriminated against. This increased to one in four (25 per cent) trans people and almost one in four (24 per cent) black, Asian or minority ethnic (BAME) LGBT people
  • Bars and restaurants: One in six LGBT people (17 per cent) have been discriminated against because of their sexual orientation and/or gender identity when visiting a café, restaurant, bar or nightclub in the last year. 
  • A third of LGBT people (33 per cent) avoid certain bars and restaurants due to fear of discrimination. This number significantly increases for trans people, half of whom (51 per cent) avoid certain venues.

Stonewall has made the following recommendations for all individuals who want to help tackle anti-LGBT hate crime and discrimination:

  • Take a visible stand against LGBT hate crime, join Stonewall’s ‘Come Out for LGBT’ campaign and show your support for LGBT equality in all forms. Encourage your friends, family and colleagues to join the campaign: www.stonewall.org.uk/comeoutforLGBT
  • Call out online anti-LGBT abuse whenever you see it, so long as it is safe to do so. Support those being targeted by letting them know you are an ally.
  • Let local business owners know if you witness an anti-LGBT incident from staff or other customers so that they can tackle it. Make clear that they could risk losing you and others as customers if they don’t
  • Report incidents of homophobic, biphobic or transphobic discrimination you experience when accessing public services like housing or social services to the service provider or local council so they can take action. Contact Stonewall’s Information Service on 08000 50 20 20 for advice and support.

The launch of this report coincides with a new national awareness campaign from Stonewall, to encourage all people in Britain to ‘Come Out for LGBT’ and support equality for lesbian, gay, bi and trans people everywhere. 

Ruth Hunt, Chief Executive, Stonewall, said: ‘While we have come a long way in the past 25 years, it is clear there is still a huge amount of work we need to do before all LGBT people can feel safe, included and free to be themselves in Britain today. 

‘This report warns against complacency, and stands as a call to action for everyone who supports equality. We now need to work together, to bring forward the day when no individual faces hatred or discrimination simply because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

‘At Stonewall, we want everyone across Britain who feels impacted by reading this report to join our campaign and pledge to come out for LGBT people everywhere, as visible allies.  Together we can create a world where LGBT people are accepted without exception.’

Testimonies: 

“I had one incident where girls did not want to enter the bathroom stall I had used despite a large queue, like as if I was infected. Straight people don't know how privileged they are to not have their love questioned, or to have romantic days out and not think about who is around you or how safe you are.” Rachel, 22 (London)

“I was assaulted by a man whilst I was holding hands with my lesbian partner. He grabbed me from behind and thrust himself into me, then verbally attacked me.” Freya, 21 (Wales)

“I had occasion to report that I had been harassed and suffered an injury. I talked, they listened, but it was their attitude and I got the impression that it was not being taken seriously.” Leo, 53 (North East) 

#ComeOutForLGBT

Stonewall’s campaign encourages all people across the country to #ComeOutForLGBT 

Show it: Take a visible stand against LGBT hate crime and #ComeOutForLGBT as active allies to show your support for the LGBT community at events and through networks

Say it: Let local business owners and services know if you witness an anti-LGBT incident and encourage them to take steps to tackle it

Report it: If you witness a homophobic, biphobic or transphobic hate crime, report it

Please contact Stonewall Press Office on press.office@stonewall.org.uk or 020 7593 1857 for any further media enquiries.