Homophobic and transphobic hate crime on the rise 

Instances of homophobic and transphobic hate crime have soared across the UK during the period from 2013/14 to 2017/18. 

Eliza Archer
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Why this story matters:

Hate crimes of a homophobic and transphobic nature are on the rise in the UK. Over the past five years, reported instances have doubled.

Alliance manager at Metro, Taz Edwards White commented, “There is a tension, and even within our own LGBT community there is a tension. I believe it’s a direct result of people feeling unsafe due to rise of the rightwing political movement.

While Jessica White, of the LGBT Foundation, said it may also be attributed to the increased awareness of hate crime and subsequently increased reporting.

The findings come just one week after two women were assaulted on a London bus.

Details from the story:

  • Across the UK figures rose by 144% from 2013-14 to 2017-18.
  • West Yorkshire showed the greatest increase in hate crime for the same period, with a 376% increase.
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