Hate Crime stall tours Lambeth Libraries for LGBT History Month

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Mark Healey, Lambeth’s Hate Crime Prevention Coordinator will be touring Lambeth Libraries with the Lambeth Hate Crime Stall during February to mark LGBT History Month.

AM visits will take place between 10 am to 12 noon, and PM visits will take place between 2 pm to 4pm.

  • Tue 2nd PM Upper Norwood
  • Wed 3rd PM Tate South Lambeth
  • Mon 15th PM Waterloo Library
  • Tue 16th PM Minet Library
  • Wed 17th PM Brixton Library
  • Thu 18th AM Streatham
  • Fri 19th PM Durning Library
  • Mon 22nd PM Carnegie Library
  • Wed 24th AM West Norwood
  • Mon 29th PM Clapham Library

Mark will be on hand to chat to people using the libraries and hand out Lambeth Hate Crime Reporting Cards sponsored by 17-24-30 No To Hate Crime Campaign. The cards promote reporting routes in Lambeth.

Lambeth has the second highest level of ‘reported’ homophobic hate crime in London, second only to Westminster.

In the first three quarters of this year (April to December 2015) 130 homophobic offences were reported in Lambeth compared to 113 reported during the same period last year. An increase in reporting by +15% based on figures supplied by the London LGBT Advisory Group who obtain the monthly homophobic hate crime reporting stats from the Metropolitan Police Service.

It may sound odd to welcome an increase of 15% in reported homophobic hate crime figures but this reflects the positive work that is being done to encourage the LGBT community to come forward and report their experiences. This is vital if we are going to pin point exactly where hate crime is taking place in the borough in order to prevent further incidents from happening, which is our overall aim.

This ties in with the hate crime reporting campaign being run throughout the UK by the National LGBT Hate Crime Partnership. A recent study by Chakaborti and Hardy indicate that only 1 in 10 homophobic hate crimes gets reported – something we need to change.

The fact is we know that hate crime is still massively under-reported so we need to work closely with the police and the communities affected by hate crime to do what we can to prevent hate crime happening. When it does happen we need to encourage people to report it so we can deal with it and provide them with access to the advice and support that is available.

We work closely with Galop and the Metro Charity who provide independent advice and support to people who have experienced Homophobic, Biphobic and Transphobic hate crime.

We also need to improve our operational response to make sure we deal with every incident as best we can. We all have our parts to play – eliminating all forms of hate crime in our communities

More information about Reporting Routes and Resources can be found on the Lambeth Hate Crime Blog.

For regular updates about the Lambeth LGBT Community like the Lambeth LGBT page on Facebook which is run in partnership with the Lambeth LGBT Community Network, Lambeth Staff LGBT Network (on Yammer) and London LGBT.

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The overall aim of LGBT History month is to promote equality and diversity for the benefit of the public.

This is done by:

  • Increasing the visibility of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (“LGBT”) people, their history, lives and their experiences in the curriculum and culture of educational and other institutions, and the wider community;
  • Raising awareness and advancing education on matters affecting the LGBT community;
  • Working to make educational and other institutions safe spaces for all LGBT communities; and
  • Promoting the welfare of LGBT people, by ensuring that the education system recognises and enables LGBT people to achieve their full potential, so they contribute fully to society and lead fulfilled lives, thus benefiting society as a whole.

This year the theme is Religion, Belief and Philosophy. In 2017 LGBT History Month will look at Citizenship, PSHE and Law as we mark the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of male homosexuality in England and Wales.

Schools OUT United Kingdom is registered in England as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (no. 1156352). Address: BM Schools Out, London WC1N 3XX

More information is available on the LGBT History Website.

LGBT History Month Website

Resources are also available here.

LGBT History Month Resources

If you are organising an event for LGBT History Month then make sure you register it with them so details can be included in their Event Calendar.

LGBT History Month Event Calendar

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2 Responses to Hate Crime stall tours Lambeth Libraries for LGBT History Month

  1. RJ Waters says:

    It’s rather weird, depressing and myopic to make LGBT History Month – which after all should be a celebration “Increasing the visibility of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (“LGBT”) people, their history, lives and their experiences in the curriculum and culture of educational and other institutions, and the wider community”
    all about hate crime. Surely this could’ve been done in a more positive way – or is it just a vanity project for those who set it up with little thought about its potential? What else other than this is going on in the borough?

    • lambethhcc says:

      The Lambeth Hate Crime Stall tours Lambeth Libraries every four months, in February, June and October, as part of an on-going hate crime awareness campaign in the borough. It ties in with key events during the year – LGBT History Month, Pride and National Hate Crime Awareness Week #NHCAW and provides us with an opportunity to promote these events alongside our hate crime awareness work. It also addresses the other hate crime strands – disability, faith, gender identity, race and alternative sub-cultures. A lot of thought has gone into this – and you will see that we have provided links to the work that LGBT History Month is doing – including their events listing (where you can find out more about what is going on in Lambeth and around the UK). Far from being a vanity project – over the past couple of years I have handed out over 28,000 hate crime reporting cards in Lambeth, seen an increase in homophobic hate crime reporting of 15% and signposted a greater number of people to the advice and support that is avaialble through organisations like Galop and Metro Charity. I have trained Library staff how to access information on the Lambeth Hate Crime Blog and our growing number of venue hate crime champions so that they in turn can help others access this information. Weird, depressing and myopic? or seizing an opportunitity to be creative, to raise awareness and help reach a wider audience of people who need our services. It should be noted – that I have helped to re-kindle the council’s LGBT staff network (using Yammer), provided support to the re-establish borough’s LGBT Community forum (held two LGBT Engagement Day events to date), helped developed a team of LGBT Police Liaison Officers, organised a roundtable meeting of LGBT organisations to tackle biphobic, homophobic and transphobic bullying in Lambeth schools, amongst a few other things. The fact that Lambeth (compared to other boroughs) is doing so much – despite having limited resources – is something to celebrate this month I think. Of course I wish I could do so much more. Mark

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