West Yorkshire Police and PCC Support LGBT History Month (13 Feb 2017)

West Yorkshire Police and the Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire are supporting Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans History Month as part of our continued hate crime campaign.  

February marks the annual LGBT History Month, a particular focus is being placed on raising awareness of homophobic and transphobic hate crime and how to report it. Over the coming month, officers will be engaging with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities at LGBT History Month events.  

To show support for LGBT History Month, rainbow coloured flags will be flown outside police stations across the five Districts. 

LGBT History Month aims to promote equality and diversity and celebrate the lives and achievements of both lesbian, gay and bisexual and trans communities.  

The joint 'Hate Hurts' hate crime campaign was launched in 2014 to raise awareness of the five strands of hate crime - race, sexual orientation, faith, disability and gender identity.  

Assistant Chief Constable Angela Williams said: "This month is all about celebrating the achievements of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans communities. I am proud that as a Force we are showing our support for these communities, not just this month, but all year round. 

"As a society we have come a long way in our understanding and acceptance of all sexual orientations and gender identities. Unfortunately though there remains a small minority who think it is acceptable to target someone because of their sexuality or gender identity. 

"At the heart of our hate crime campaign is the message that being who you are is not a crime and is something that you should be proud of but targeting a particular individual because of their perceived differences is abhorrent and something that will not be tolerated. 

"We would urge anyone who has been a victim of, or witnessed, a hate crime or incident to report it to us. That way we can ensure that it is dealt with, with support put in place and appropriate action taken against those responsible."  

West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Mark Burns-Williamson said: "The richness and diversity of our communities here in West Yorkshire is one of our greatest strengths and seeing the rainbow flags flying outside police buildings really does make me proud. West Yorkshire Police have done some fantastic work both in our communities and internally to promote diversity and inclusivity.  

"Our ongoing joint hate crime awareness campaign has been well received and our message is simple; Hate crime is absolutely not tolerated in West Yorkshire and I would urge anyone who feels they may have been a victim to report it." 

Anyone with information about a hate incident is asked to report it either by calling 999 in an emergency or 101 in a non-emergency, online at www.westyorkshire.police.uk/hatecrime or www.report-it.org.uk or in person at a police station.

Alternatively, there are independent Hate Incident Reporting Centres (HIRCs) across West Yorkshire for anyone who does not want to speak directly to the police. To find your nearest centre visit the West Yorkshire Police website.

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