Homophobic, biphobic and transphobic hate crime is a serious and underreported problem in Wales. Stonewall Cymru research shows that one in five lesbian, gay and bi people surveyed in Wales had been the victim of a homophobic hate crime or incident.
One in ten have experienced a homophobic hate crime or incident (Hate Crime, 2015).
I am sick of feeling bullied and intimidated on my own street when I have worked very hard to be able to buy my own house. How is it fair for me to be made to feel like a lesser individual?
Tom, 33, Wales
In May 2016, voters elected Police and Crime Commissioners to oversee the work of the four police forces in Dyfed-Powys, Gwent, North Wales and South Wales Police.
We believe that candidates for Police and Crime Commissioner should:
- Make a public commitment to tackle homophobic, biphobic and transphobic hate crime and promote lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans equality.
- Protect and support the existing work of local police to tackle homophobic, biphobic and transphobic hate crime and support LGBT victims of crime. Make sure your Police and Crime Plan priorities underpin this work.
- Work in partnership with LGBT people in the local area to increase the reporting of hate crime.
The Welsh Government’s Tackling Hate Crime and Incidents: A Framework for Action uses the following definitions of hate crimes and incidents:
A hate crime is any criminal offence which is perceived, by the victim or any other person, to be motivated by a hostility or prejudice based on a person’s actual or perceived disability, race, religion and belief, sexual orientation or gender identity.
A hate incident is any non-crime incident which is perceived by the victim or any other person to be motivated by hostility or prejudice based on actual or perceived disability, race, religion, and belief, sexual orientation or gender identity.