International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia
17th May 2018
Today we are celebrating diversity, encouraging hate crime reporting, and show solidarity with Lesbian Gay Bisexual Trangender (LGBT) people from the 81 UN Member States that still criminalise consensual sex between same-sex adults.
461 sexual orientation hate crimes were reported in Wales during 2016-17.
50% of hate crimes still go unreported.
Part of the rise is due to an increased number of hate crimes around the time of the EU referendum and in the wake of terrorist attacks.
It is celebrated on 17th May to mark the anniversary of the decision, in 1990, to remove homosexuality from the International Classification of Diseases published by the World Health Organisation. Even today it is estimated that 81 UN Member States still criminalise consensual sex between same-sex adults. Of these, seven still consider the death penalty an efficient tool in combating what they call a ‘disease.’
REPORT HATE CRIME
4 in 5 LGBT hate crimes still go unreported, but can have devastating and long-lasting effect on people and communities. Please report and seek practical and advocacy support by contacting the local police on 101 (999 in an emergency) or Victim Support (0300 3031 982 www.reporthate.victimsupport.org.uk/hate-crime/)
Report LGBT hate crime! Victim Support Cymru provide emotional, practical, and advocacy support, and have excellent feedback from people they have helped. Call 24/7 on 0300 30 31 982
LGBT hate crime can take the form of verbal threats, offensive graffiti, damage to property, assault, cyber bullying, or abusive texts, emails and phone calls.
All LGBT hate crime reports are taken seriously by the police. Even when it doesn’t lead to an arrest, this information is still vital for planning future prevention activities.
Children and young people in Wales experiencing anti-LGBT bullying can contact MEIC, a confidential, anonymous and free helpline service, available in Welsh or English, 8am to midnight, 7 days a week. MEIC can be contacted by phone, SMS text and instant messaging.
This year marks 70 years since the declaration of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. #CadarnDrosHawliauDynol #Standup4humanrights