Written By: Daniel Megarry 27/1/16
17% of people in the UK have witnessed hate against the LGBT community in the last 12 months.
Today marks 71 years since the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the Nazi concentration camp responsible for the genocide of over a million people, including those who identified as LGBT.
As part of their continued mission to learn from the past and prevent it repeating itself, the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust has conducted a study to find out the current state of discrimination in Britain.
17% of respondents said they have witnessed a hate crime based on sexual orientation in the last year, while just over one in ten have seen an incident based on transgender identity.
In total, 27% of people have witnessed a form of hate crime in the last year, and more than two thirds of those people said they regretted not challenging it.
The research focused on five characteristics that are often subject to hate crime – race or ethnicity, religion or beliefs, sexual orientation, disability, and transgender identity.
It found that younger people were more likely to challenge hate crime, with 17% of 16-24 year-olds having intervened in hate incidents, compared to 13% of 25-34 year-olds, and just 7% of those aged 35-44.
Chief Executive of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, Olivia Marks-Woldman, said: “The theme for the thousands of Holocaust Memorial Day events taking place across the country today is ‘Don’t Stand By’, and these figures show just how important that message is.
“Today is about remembering the atrocities of the Holocaust and subsequent genocides, but it’s also about finding ways to make sure they can never happen again.
“We know that silence and indifference in the face of discrimination and hatred allows persecution to take root, so we want to encourage people to stand up and speak out, in the way many brave souls have in the past.”
Of those who had witnessed hate crime in the last year, 75% said they had seen verbal abuse, 30% said they had seen harassment, and 14% said they had seen physical abuse such as pushing, hitting, or spitting.
More than a quarter said they had witnessed abuse through social media, such a Facebook and Twitter, while 77% said they felt there is no difference between posting abuse online and shouting abuse on the streets.
You can find out more about the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust by visiting hmd.org.uk.
If you want to report a hate crime, you can do so online at reportit.org.uk.
Source: Gay Times News