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Rise in hate crime towards the Trans community over the last few years

Figures from Greater Manchester Police show hate crime towards the Trans community has more than tripled in four years.

The statistics, obtained through a Freedom of Information request, cover the period between 2016 and 2020, and show the biggest rise in hate crime occurred between 2017 and 2018.

In just 12 months the number of crimes across Greater Manchester jumped from 78 to 130.

This chart shows crimes shows the amount of crimes which had been flagged as motivated by transgender hate.

YearNumber of crimes
201651
201778
2018130
2019178
2020162
2021 (to 19th January)7

These figures come only from reported hate crimes – the number of unreported incidents may be much higher.

Gary Harkness, Community Safety Lead at LGBT Foundation, said: “No one should be made to feel unsafe at home, at work or in their community.

“Sadly, for many trans and non-binary people, feeling unsafe is a daily occurrence.

“In recent years, transphobic hate crimes and hate incidents have risen sharply here in Greater Manchester and across the UK.

“The fear of transphobia has a significant impact on the mental health and wellbeing of many trans and non-binary people.”

And he stressed the importance of reporting these crimes, whether to them or police.

He added: “It’s vital that every hate crime is reported, whether you are a victim or a witness.

“LGBT Foundation is 3rd party hate crime reporting centre, meaning we can support you to report hate crime or report it on your behalf.

“You can call us on 0345 3 30 30 30 or visit http://lgbt.foundation/report

A report done by Galop, an LGBT+ anti-violence charity, found that four in five respondents had experienced a form of transphobic hate crime.

Nearly seven in 10 trans people said their daily routine had been affected by transphobia with a quarter having experienced physical assault or the threat of physical assault.

If you are currently in danger, please contact the police by calling 999. You can also contact them when it is not an non-emergency 101 or through CrimeStoppers UK on 0800 555 111.

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