Hounslow raises awareness of LGBT Hate Crime
Hounslow residents are being asked to fill in a short survey about their attitudes to LGBT issues and to encourage reporting of hate crime in the borough.
OutWestLondon, the local LGBT organisation is working with Hounslow Council and Hounslow Police.
Ola Satchell, project development worker for OutWest said; “We urge everyone in Hounslow to take a few minutes to respond to the survey. It will really help us work with the council and the police to ensure unreported LGBT hate crime is a thing of the past.”
Chief superintendent Raj Kohli, borough commander for Hounslow police, said: “LGBT hate crime issues are under-reported and we would like to know what the experiences of LGBT communities are, so we can work together and address these issues and continue to make sure Hounslow is a great place to live, work and socialise.”
Councillor Sue Sampson, cabinet member for communities, added: “We don’t want anyone suffering from any kind of abuse and we want people to feel safe and comfortable about speaking out.
“By getting views from the LGBT community, we can get an idea of what may trigger this abuse and how we can go about removing it out from our community.”
Fill out the Hounslow LGBT Survey here.
To report hate crime speak to a police officer or visit a local police station or call 101. In an emergency immediately dial 999. Galop, London’s leading anti-LGBT hate crime charity can provide independent advice and support.
St Helens Council renews commitment to it’s no place for hate crime campaign ahead of United Nation’s (UN) International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination on the 21 March
With the United Nation’s (UN) International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination occurring on the 21 March, the ‘St.Helens No Place for Hate!’ campaign is raising awareness of the support available to victims of race hate crime, and urging victims to come forward.
St.Helens No Place for Hate campaign, led by St.Helens Council’s Safer Communities team, encourages individuals and local organisations and businesses to sign an online pledge against hate crime – a public statement that they will work to tackle it.
For organisations, the pledge sends a clear message to staff, members, service-users and customers that they are working with other local agencies to stamp out hate crime.
Hate crime is any offence or incident committed against individuals, groups and communities because of who they are.
The significance of 21 March dates back to 1960, when police in Sharpeville, South Africa opened fire and killed 69 people at a peaceful demonstration against the apartheid ‘pass laws’, a form of internal passport system designed to segregate the population and severely limit the movements of the black African populace.
If you have been affected by hate crime, support is available, you are not alone.
There are a number of agencies you can contact:
- Hate Crime Hotline – 0800 953 4433
- Merseyside Police SIGMA (hate crime) Unit – 0151 709 6010
- Stop Hate UK 0800 138 1625
New York USA: Bisexual man is convicted of hate crime after killing gay man
A Manhattan jury have found Elliot Morales guilty in the May 2013 shooting of Mark Carson in the Greenwich Village neighbourhood.
Morales admitted shooting Carson but said he acted in self-defense and couldn’t be guilty of a hate crime because he is bisexual. His star witness was a transgender woman who testified that she was his ex-lover.
In Morales’ closing argument last week, he wept and told jurors that he was “not a bigot of any type” and that charging him with a hate crime was “ridiculous.”
The shooting happened a few blocks from the Stonewall Inn, the site of 1969 riots that helped give rise to the gay rights movement.
Police said Carson and his roommate were passing in front of a pizza parlor shortly after midnight on May 18, 2013, when Morales called out to them, using slurs and saying the men looked like “gay wrestlers.” The two confronted Morales, following him around a corner, before he pulled a revolver and shot Carson in the face at close range, authorities said.
Arrested moments later, Morales began laughing and admitted killing Carson as officers held him down. In a short camera phone clip filmed shortly after the shooting Morales can be heard saying ‘I fucking shot him, he’s dead’ whilst badly slurring his words and laughing.
Morales faces 20 years to life in prison. His sentencing is set for April 11.