LGBTQ+ people deserve to feel safe everywhere. On the bus. In the pub. At the supermarket. In the street. And especially when we’re with our loved ones.
But the UK Government’s own National LGBT Survey found that 40% of respondents experienced a negative incident in the 12 months before the survey, rising to an astonishing 54% for trans people. Since then, reports of hate crime have increased even further.
So, this Christmas, we’re encouraging LGBTQ+ people to kiss goodbye to hate. As part of our festive campaign, created in partnership with Ogilvy and Gay Times, we’re asking our supporters to kiss with pride, beneath rainbow-coloured Proud Mistletoe.
Let’s fight hateful attacks with love, and help create a world where all of us can show affection to our friends, family and partners without fear. By continuing the legacy of LGBTQ+ trailblazers, who used kiss-ins as a form of protest in the 1970s and 80s, we too can reclaim public spaces in the name of love and pride.
You can get involved digitally, either at home or while out and about, by kissing under the new Stonewall #proudmistletoe Instagram filter. And if you donate to support Stonewall’s vital work, you’ll be automatically entered into a prize draw to win a Proud Mistletoe of your own!
Statistics on hate crime
increase in reported hate crimes based on sexual orientation
increase in reported hate crimes based on transgender identity
of LGBT+ people have experienced anti-LGBT+ violence or abuse
reported the hate crime to the police or other relevant agencies