Call for greater effort to fight gay hate crime

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A Sheffield councillor is calling for hate crime against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people to be given a higher priority by the authorities.

Coun Neale Gibson, secretary of the LGBT community in Sheffield, and a Labour councillor in Walkley, has tabled a motion on the issue at Wednesday’s full council meeting.

The move follows studies by campaign group Stonewall and Sheffield Hallam University which show one in six LGBT people have experienced a hate crime incident in the last three years.

One in 10 said they had suffering physical assault – but three-quarters of all victims said they didn’t report hate crimes to the police because many believed the police would not or could not do anything.

Coun Gibson’s motion, set to be backed by Labour party colleagues who have the majority on the council, call on Home Secretary Teresa May to ‘act on the reports and give the fight against homophobic and transphobic hate crime greater priority’.

The survey also revealed incidents of domestic abuse, rape and sexual harassment.