In February each year Lesbian Gay Bisexual Trans (LGBT) History month celebrates the lives and achievements of the LGBT community. Whilst Conwy County Borough Council stands up for equality and diversity all year round this month long initiative provides a particular opportunity to raise awareness for LGBT causes. Research shows that people from LGBT communities are more likely to experience mental health difficulties such as anxiety and depression and are at greater risk of self-harm, due to the prejudice attached to their identity. Many live in fear of ostracism and victimisation.
We also know that Hate Crime is still a real issue for the LGBT community. Home Office statistics show that there were 11,638 hate crimes (12% increase) in sexual orientation hate crimes and 1,651 transgender hate crimes across England and Wales during 2017/18. The number of Hate Crimes against this community in North Wales is also increasing with the latest figures showing a 50% increase in Hate Crimes against the LGBT community in the region.
If you or anyone that you know is the subject of hate crime then please report it to Victim Support, who hold the Welsh Government contract for National Hate Crime Reporting on Freephone 0300 30 31 982 or online at www.reporthate.victimsupport.org.uk
Throughout February events will taking place across the UK to raise awareness and advance education on matters affecting the LGBT community.
For more information on LGBT History Month please see: http://www.lgbthistorymonth.org.uk