Homophobia and transphobia can be defined as prejudice or discrimination against those identifying as gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered. Such behaviour is attributed directly to social intolerance towards those who are, or are perceived, not to be heterosexual.
The police use the following definition when recording a homophobic incident:
"Any incident which is perceived to be homophobic by the victim or any other person."
This refers to any incident which appears to be related to an individual's actual or perceived sexuality.
Prejudice and homophobic attitudes are still prevalent in the United Kingdom. Homophobic and transphobic crimes are largely unreported to the police.
If an incident has happened to you, or you have witnessed it happening to someone else, report it.
On the first Wednesday of every month between 6.30pm and 7.30pm and first Thursday of the month between 7.30pm and 8.30pm there will be an officer at Derbyshire LGBT+, 7 Bramble Street, Derby, DE1 1HU so you are able to report a hate crimes in person.
A number of officers have had additional training which includes awareness of gender identity, sexual orientation and issues surrounding hate crime which is targeted at the LGBT+ communities.
PC Luke Scribbins, who works as part of the Derwent Safer Neighbourhood Team, and who co-ordinated the training in partnership with Derbyshire LGBT+, said: “This additional training has been vital for officers to understand the issues facing this section of the community which we police.
Some members of this community are not confident to come forward and report issues to the police, largely because of historical issues and a perception that we will not be interested or take them seriously.
We hope to break down any barriers. We understand that it may be difficult for some people to attend a police station or talk about some issues even in a family home setting, so by holding surgeries at the LGBT+ base we hope that people may be more encouraged to come and speak to us if they are facing problems.”
For more information or to make contact with PC Scribbins call 101, or send him a message online by visiting the Contact Us section of our website here. You can also visit our main Hate Crime page to find out information on how to report a hate crime..
Why you should report it
Reporting homophobic crime means you help the police to build up patterns of crime and apprehend offenders. Any information you can give us will help us build up our knowledge.
What you know may provide us with the last piece of the jigsaw puzzle.
A name, address or a description of someone who commits a hate crime will enable us to target criminals and stop the abuse.
Left unreported people who carry out these crimes are likely to commit similar offences again and could be harming others. Your report may prevent it from happening to someone else.
We take homophobic/transphobic incidents seriously. If someone you know is a victim, or if you are a witness, then please report it.
No incident is trivial.
Privacy and confidentiality
We understand that people experiencing homophobia may be reluctant to report a crime or incident because of concern over perceived police attitudes, the fear of retribution by offenders, or concern about their own sexuality becoming known.
All reports of homophobic/transphobic incidents will be treated in the strictest confidence.
Most of the following organisations operate across Derbyshire. There are some exceptions, but these are accompanied by an explanation.
Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender specialist support and advocacy services county wide. They offer a confidential space, hate crime surgery and act as a third party reporting centre. They also have a youth forum and run a Transgender support group called “Transcend”.
Derbyshire LGBT+, 7 Bramble Street, Derby, DE1 1HU
Telephone: 01332 207704
Minicom: 01332 349 333
Derbyshire Sexual Health Promotion Service (Formerly CASH)
The Derbyshire Sexual Health Promotion Service is an LGBT support group based in Chesterfield. It does use outreach workers in other parts of the country.
Telephone: 01246 559 431
Choices Youth Group
Support group for young people making choices about their sexuality.
Telephone: 01332 206 027
Minicom: 01332 349 333
Reflections (formerly T Junction)
Support for trans people.
Telephone: 07969 448 916
Gender Twist From Within (GTFW)
Local education and training provider which also offers support for trans people.
Telephone: 07704 995 705