LGBTphobic hate crime up 78% in four years

Stonewall have released figures today suggesting that rates of biphobic, transphobic and homophobic hate crime have nearly doubled in the past five years.

They say

  • 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

The figures are based on a YouGov survey. Of the 5,375 people taking part, they note that 58 per cent of respondents are gay or lesbian, 30 per cent are bi, 9 per cent use a different term to describe their sexual orientation and two per cent are straight.

The report reflects that these figures are an under-representation due to people adjusting their behaviour and living less full lives in order to be on the receiving end of these crimes less often:

  • Three in ten LGBT people (29 per cent) avoid certain streets because they do not feel safe there as an LGBT person.