Posted on 23rd November 2016
Police have been raising awareness about hate crime and urging victims to speak up during an event in Chesterfield to mark the Trans Day of Remembrance.
PC Kelly Brown, LGBT+ Coordinator for North Division, attended the event to speak to members of the LGBT community about the work the police do around hate crime and the support offered to victims.
The event, which was organised by Derbyshire LGBT+, took place at Chesterfield Library on Saturday, November 19, on the evening before the Trans Day of Remembrance.
November 20 is the international day of remembrance to remember those who have died, by murder or suicide, as a result of their perceived transgendered identity.
The event was set up following the death of Rita Hester, a transgender woman who was allegedly murdered in November 1998 in the U.S. The case has never been solved.
PC Brown said: “We have established a good relationship with our local LGBT+ community, and would like that to continue. The aim of attending the event to talk about hate crime was all about raising awareness of the issue, and the support that is available to victims.
“It is really important that people who suffer hate crime in every community have the confidence to report it, and if not to the police, to one of the other partner agencies who can help. We hope events like these will help to break down barriers and speak up.”
For more information about Derbyshire LGBT+ support service, visit the website www.derbyshirelgbt.org.uk
, call 01332 207704 or email email@example.com