STATEMENT: Hate Crime incidents in Liverpool targeting LGBT+ community
We are outraged by the recent spate of hate crimes against the LGBT+ community in Liverpool and stand with the community in anger and solidarity against these attacks. Horrific images of four physical attacks in the last month alone have been shared widely on social media, with reports of even more widespread verbal abuse and harassment also circulating.
None of this is OK. This should not be happening in Liverpool or anywhere.
That this has happened in Pride month, in a city that considers itself to be inclusive and safe for LGBT+ people, is a clear indicator of the abuse that LGBT+ people across the UK still face. We want LGBT+ people across the UK to know that we stand with them. There is always help and there is always hope.
We will not allow hate to win 🏳️🌈
The threat is not just physical. Feeling unsafe in the streets of your city, in your workplace and even in your own home has a devastating affect on mental health. If you have been affected in any way by recent incidents, there are services and groups that are there to offer support, advice and help on the HubOfHope app.
If you need immediate support, the app’s ’need help now?’ button connects you directly to speak to Samaritans, or Crisis Text Line, where you can message for support. If you feel that you are in danger, call 999.
To report a hate crime, you can contact national organisation Stop Hate UK via email, web form, phone, text or web chat (link in bio) or anonymously independent charity CrimeStoppers Trust, anonymously
For help reporting a hate crime if you are an LGBT+ young person in Liverpool (10 – 25 years old) Gyro Liverpool (YPAS) they will support and advise you. LCR Pride Foundation, the city region’s LGBT+ charity has also shared additional resources via its socials and its website.
If you have information on any of the incidents in Liverpool or need to report a hate crime in the city, you can contact Merseyside Police, advice on reporting a hate crime can be found here.
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