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Come Out for LGBT!

Thursday 19 October 2017

Come out for lgbtNew Stonewall Scotland research shows one in five Lesbian Gay Bisexual or Trans (LGBT) people have experienced a hate crime or incident because of their sexual orientation and/or gender identity in the last twelve 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.

Below are some examples of how LGBT people have been affected by hate crime. 

"I was spat on outside a gay club at Pride 2016" - Ellie, 20

"I feel nervous about being openly gay in public because where I live, I've heard of there being hate crimes" - Ada, 21

"I was kicked out of both the woman'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

Stonewall's campaign encourages everyone to #ComeOutForLGBT.

Show it: Take a visible stand against LGBT hate crime and #ComeOutForLGBT as active allies to show support for the LGBT community.

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, bi-phobic or transphobic hate crime, report it.

Visit Stonewall Scotland's website for more information - http://www.stonewallscotland.org.uk/