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.
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.
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.
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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