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Hate crime against LGBT people in Scotland increases by 89 per cent since 2013

  • New Stonewall Scotland research also shows one in five LGBT people have experienced a hate crime or incident because of their sexual orientation and/or gender identity in the last 12 months

  • Almost half of trans people have experienced a hate crime or incident because of their gender identity in the last 12 months

  • More than four in five anti-LGBT hate crimes and incidents go unreported, with younger LGBT people particularly reluctant to go to the police

  • Stonewall Scotland launches national awareness campaign to encourage all people to ‘Come Out for LGBT’ and show support

Stonewall Scotland, the lesbian, gay, bi and trans equality charity, today releases new research highlighting the shocking levels of hate crime and discrimination that LGBT people still face in Scotland today.

Based on YouGov polling of 1,260 LGBT people in Scotland, the research reveals:

  • Hate crime: One in five LGBT people (20 per cent) in Scotland 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 Scotland who have experienced hate crime has increased by 89 per cent in five years, from nine per cent in 2013 to 17 per cent in 2017
  • Almost half of trans people (48 per cent) have experienced a hate crime or incident because of their gender identity in the last 12 months
  • More than four in five LGBT people (87 per cent) who experienced a hate crime or incident didn’t report it to the police
  • More than a third of LGBT young people in Scotland age 18-24 (35 per cent) have experienced a hate crime or incident based on their gender identity and/or sexual orientation in the last year.
  • Safety in public: A quarter of LGBT people (26 per cent) avoid certain streets because they do not feel safe there as an LGBT person. More than a third of LGBT people (36 per cent) don’t feel comfortable walking down the street while holding their partner's hand.
  • Bars and restaurants: One in eight LGBT people (13 per cent) have been discriminated against because of their sexual orientation and/or gender identity when visiting a café, restaurant, bar or nightclub in the last year.
  • Over a third of LGBT people (37) per cent) avoid certain bars and restaurants due to fear of discrimination. This number significantly increases for trans people, more than half of whom (57 per cent) avoid certain venues.
  • More than half of trans people (55 per cent) do not feel comfortable using public toilets because of fear of discrimination

Stonewall Scotland has made the following recommendations for all individuals who want to help tackle anti-LGBT hate crime and discrimination:

  • Take a visible stand against LGBT hate crime, join Stonewall Scotland’s ‘Come Out for LGBT’ campaign and show your support for LGBT equality in all forms. Encourage your friends, family and colleagues to join the campaign: #COMEOUTFOR LGBT 
  • Call out online anti-LGBT abuse whenever you see it, so long as it is safe to do so. Support those being targeted by letting them know you are an ally.
  • Let local business owners know if you witness an anti-LGBT incident from staff or other customers so that they can tackle it. Make clear that they could risk losing you and others as customers if they don’t
  • Report incidents of homophobic, biphobic or transphobic discrimination you experience when accessing public services like housing or social services to the service provider or local council so they can take action. Contact Stonewall’s Information Service on 08000 50 20 20 for advice and support.

The launch of this report coincides with a new national awareness campaign from Stonewall Scotland, to encourage people across the country to ‘Come Out for LGBT’ and support equality for lesbian, gay, bi and trans people everywhere.

Colin Macfarlane, Director of Stonewall Scotland, said: ‘While we have come a long way in the past 25 years, it is clear there is still a huge amount of work we need to do before all LGBT people can feel safe, included and free to be themselves.  

‘This report warns against complacency, and stands as a call to action for everyone who supports equality. We now need to work together, to bring forward the day when no individual faces hatred or discrimination simply because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

‘At Stonewall Scotland, we want everyone who feels impacted by reading this report to join our campaign and pledge to come out for LGBT people everywhere, as visible allies.  Together we can create a world where LGBT people are accepted without exception.’

Testimonies:

  • I was spat on outside a gay club on Pride 2016. Ellie, 20
  • I was walking to the university library when a group of young people started yelling things like "oh look at this dyke", "you look like a man… wait, is that the point, you tranny" at me as I walked past. Michael, 23
  • I feel nervous about being openly gay in public as where I live I have heard of there being hate crimes. Ada, 21
  • Being kicked out of both the women's and the men's changing rooms in a department store because I was perceived as not male or female enough to use them. Dylan, 28
  • Turned away by club bouncer, who told me to 'fuck off fairy'. Pete, 40

#ComeOutForLGBT

Stonewall’s campaign encourages all people across the country to #ComeOutForLGBT

Show it: Take a visible stand against LGBT hate crime and #ComeOutForLGBT as active allies to show your support for the LGBT community at events and through networks

Say it: Let local business owners and services know if you witness an anti-LGBT incident and encourage them to take steps to tackle it

Report it: If you witness a homophobic, biphobic or transphobic hate crime, report it

 

Please contact Stonewall Scotland on 0131 474 8019, 07983 644 387 or email press.office@stonewall.org.uk for any further media enquiries.