The Metropolitan Police Service will be supporting the world’s largest anti-homophobia and transphobia day on Tuesday, 17 May.
Special police service events and community activities will form part of the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT), helping to celebrate diversity across London communities and raise awareness in tackling hate crime.
IDAHOT is celebrated in over 130 countries worldwide where people come together to celebrate gender and sexual diversity and raise awareness of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights. IDAHOT 2016 will address this year’s theme of mental health and wellbeing. There will also be a focus on LGBTI (Intersex) youth health.
Commander Mak Chishty, the Met’s lead on hate crime, said: "The Met is proud to be supporting IDAHOT day. We are aware that hate crime is under reported and hope during this year's IDAHOT day we can raise awareness of our commitment to help victims of hate crime.
"We are always seeking ways to increase reporting and work with a number of third party reporting sites, so that victims who would otherwise feel unable to approach police direct can report crime to non-police organisations and individuals."
Detective Chief Inspector Sam Faulkner, from the Met's Central Safeguarding Unit, said: "IDAHOT is an opportunity for the Met to continue raising awareness of hate crime and encourage victims to come forward. However, we know that all hate crime is under reported which is why we will continue to work hard to gain the trust and confidence of all communities so that victims feel that they can come forward. Our message to all victims is, don’t suffer in silence."
If anyone feels that they are the victim of hate crime, we would urge all victims to come forward and report any incident or crime as soon as possible.
The events include:
- Redbridge: On Tuesday, 17 May, the Clementswood Local Policing Team will be holding an anti-hate crime stall in conjunction with the Terrence Higgins Trust and Redbridge Rainbow Community outside Ilford Town Hall from 11:00hrs until 14:00hrs.
- Lewisham: On Tuesday, 17 May, anti-hate crime stalls in conjunction with the LGBT community centre at The Metro at Lewisham Library from 11:00hrs until 15:00hrs.
- Kensington and Chelsea: An anti-hate crime stall will be open at Brompton Cemetery on Saturday, 21 May from 11:00hrs until 15:00hrs.