Today – 23rd September is Bisexual Visibility Day and an excellent opportunity to raise awareness of the on-going work that we are doing in Lambeth to tackle hate crime targeted at the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender LGBT+ Communities.
The Metropolitan Police Service MPS do not have a flag on their computer system for Biphobic hate crime, so Biphobic hate crimes if they are reported are likely to be flagged as Homophobic hate crimes. So far we have had 81 Homophobic offences reported to Lambeth MPS this year, compared to 75 offences reported during the same period last year. We have seen a steady rise in reported hate crime in Lambeth following a proactive hate crime reporting campaign to encourage people to report what they are experiencing (over 25,000 Lambeth Hate Crime Reporting Cards have been distributed across the borough to date).
We usually refer LGBT people to two organisations who work within the borough; Galop – London’s leading anti-hate crime charity and the Metro Centre. Both provide independent advice and support to those affected by hate crime.
We have targeted information for available on the Lambeth Hate Crime Blog which includes a page for the Bisexual community, covering; (a) How to report Biphobic hate crime, (b) LGBT+ venues listing. (c) LGBT+ News outlets, (d) LGBT+ useful links and (e) Information about what is taking place in neighbouring boroughs.
At Lambeth Council – we now have a Lambeth LGBT Staff Network group which Lambeth staff can join on the Lambeth Yammer network, and we are working with members of the local LGBT+ communities to establish the Lambeth LGBT+ Community Network (which will serve as the borough’s LGBT forum). The next public event will be held at the Two Brewers in Clapham on Saturday 17th October between 2pm to 6pm.
Lambeth UNISON have an LGBT Group which meets once a month (on the third Wednesday of each month). Contact Jackie or Eddie via the Lambeth UNISON office.
If you would like to join the Lambeth LGBT mailing list – please contact me (Mark Healey firstname.lastname@example.org).
If you would like to find out more about the council’s hate crime strategy then please get in touch. Lambeth staff members can join the Lambeth Hate Crime Network on Yammer for regular updates.
You can find out more about Bisexual Visibility Day on Wikipedia