Following their latest report on hate crime and discrimination against LGBT people, Stonewall have launched a new campaign: Come Out For LGBT. “The fight for equality is far from over,” they declare, as the latest statistics show. “Whatever you do and however you do it, it’s time to come out in support of LGBT.”
‘LGBT in Britain – Hate Crime and Discrimination’ is based on YouGov polling of over 5,000 LGBT people around the UK. The key findings include:
- 1 in 5 LGBT people have experienced a hate crime or incident in the last 12 months;
- 2 in 5 Trans people have experienced a hate crime or incident in the last 12 months;
- 4 in 5 Anti-LGBT hate crimes and incidents go unreported with younger LGBT people reluctant to go to the police;
- 1 in 10 LGBT people looking to rent or buy a home in the last 12 months were discriminated against.
The full report can be found here.
This new campaign is focussed on getting people – both LGBT individuals and allies – to openly and actively support LGBT issues and the LGBT community. Stonewall have listed five key ways to be an ally: “Being an ally is about being an active friend or support to someone else. Straight people can be allies to LGBT people. LGBT people can be allies to each other. If we want to live in a world where people are accepted without exception, we all need to be part of the solution.”
A third of #BAME #LGBT people experienced a hate crime or incident in the last year. Come out for equality: https://t.co/HFnOx4mabV pic.twitter.com/ZYhFPVdKAu— Stonewall (@stonewalluk) September 7, 2017
Other ways to help include: taking part in Stonewall Season, a nationwide series of events for LGBT equality; buying official merchandise – including the original ‘Some People Are _____’ t-shirts – to raise awareness and funds; and donating to Stonewall.
Stonewall are also sharing several stories of those who have Come Out For LGBT and how they’ve done it. Referee Ryan Atkin, the first professional football official to come out as gay, writes: “I’ve felt a lot of support from a lot of people recently when I took the decision to share my coming out story. I’ve had some amazing personal and public tweets, some from really prominent footballers.”
1 in 10 #LGBT people experienced discrimination at live #sport events in the last year. #ComeOutForLGBT equality: https://t.co/HFnOx4mabV pic.twitter.com/JQo2uPvPXj— Stonewall (@stonewalluk) September 7, 2017
Jake Graf, a writer, director and actor, adds: “Having people showing you support is so important. When I was younger I went to a school with a serious bullying problem. I had known I was a boy from the age of about 3 or 4. I’d always had really short hair, and looked different… Standing up for someone in even a simple way can have an effect that will echo on down and stay with us for many years to come.”