Hate crimes against LGBTQ+ Brits have been on the rise for years. (Niklas Hallen/AFP via Getty Images)
Alarming police figures show that violence against LGBTQ+ in the UK is rising at a record rate.
Reports of anti-gay hate crimes doubled in five years, rising from 1,003 in 2016-2017 to 26,824 in 2021-22. Last year, the number rose 32 percent — the largest annual rise since record keeping began.
Similarly, transgender hate crimes swelled by 240 percent, from 1,292 reports in 2016-2017 to 4,399 five years later, in what is also believed to be the largest increase the authorities have ever seen.
Across 45 UK regional police forces, only five reported a decrease in reports of anti-gay hate crime compared to the previous reporting year, Vice World News mentioned.
All others have recorded staggering increases, with Merseyside police reporting the highest rise from 64 in 2014-15 to 1,618 between 2021 and 2022.
London has emerged as a hub for hate crimes based on sexual orientation. The Metropolitan Police Service counted 3,794 anti-gay hate crimes in 2021-22, an increase of 28 percent from the previous year.
Derbyshire, Humberside, Northamptonshire, South Yorkshire and Suffolk were the only areas that saw a decline in hate crime compared to the previous year. But the statistics are still higher than they were five years ago.
The English capital saw 434 transgender hate crimes last year – again the highest number ever recorded by any police force. Manchester followed with 320 hate crimes fueled by hatred of a person’s gender identity.
While some government officials Prosecutors partly blamed increased confidence among victims in reporting incidents, activists elsewhere note.
“In recent years, we’ve seen a disproportionate rise in official hate crime figures in the UK, but we know we’re still not seeing the full picture,” said Lenny Morris, executive director of LGBTQ+ abuse charity Gallup. Pink News.
Morris added, “This year, in particular, we have seen a significant rise in hate crimes from the LGBT+ community. The narrative around monkeypox and the persistence of transphobia in the media contribute to creating an environment hostile to LGBT people.”
“These things also make our society more visible in the public eye – and when we are more visible, this often leads to increased attacks.”
Transgender rights are increasingly being put on the line by the government, with ministers excluding trans people from the Conversion Therapy Act. Some have placed limits on the sports people trans can get, the health care they can get and even whether they can be themselves in school.
However, although the police numbers are alarming, Morris said they are actually downplaying the problem. Hate Crime at Gallup 2021 The report showed that only one in eight hate crime victims reported what happened to them.
Only 14 per cent of LGBT hate crimes are solved by police, investigative journalism unit Freedom Investigations have found.
Stonewall CEO Nancy Kelly said police need to do more to protect LGBTQ+ Brits. “As a society, we all need to do more to combat LGBTQ+ violence and advocacy of abuse, harassment, and LGBTQ+ sentiment wherever we see it, but we also need a greater commitment from the police to take decisive action to pursue and prosecute these crimes.
“This cannot continue.”
In 2022, a gay man was beaten up for wearing a ‘girl’s jacket’, and another was left drenched in blood after being called a ‘light boy’. The thugs filmed the moment they threatened to stab a trans woman at a takeaway, while teens followed a gay couple home to shouting abuse at the couple for 20 minutes.
A gay Southampton couple were left covered in blood when a group of teenagers were reported to have punched them on their way home from a nightclub – all the couple did was hold hands.
“Hate crimes have real and lasting effects on victims and survivors, and it is important to remember that each of these reports represents a real person,” Morris added.
“There is still much work to be done to improve the response to LGBT+ abuse and ensure that LGBT+ victims receive the same level of support as everyone else.”