Sexual Orientation Hate Crime Reporting on the Increase

13th of June 2014

Crown Office figures released today highlight sexual orientation hate crime reporting is on the increase, while reporting of transgender hate crime remains low in Scotland.

The report shows that in 2013-2014 890 charges were reported for hate crimes related to sexual orientation prejudice. This is an increase of 22% on figures from 2012-2013. Figures for reporting of transgender hate crime shows 25 reported instances in 2013-2014, higher than previous years recorded at between 14-16 charges.      

The report tells us that:
1. Sexual orientation hate crime reporting is on the increase.
2. Transgender hate crime reporting remains low.
3. More must be done to tackle LGBT hate crime, and to ensure better reporting and recording of LGBT hate crime in Scotland.

Sexual orientation hate crime is the second largest hate crime category, after race. There has been steady increase of reporting year on year, since the legislation was introduced. Although reporting of transgender hate crime remains low. Accurate reporting of hate crime is important as it helps us to see a true picture of the issue, and push for more to be done to tackle it.

Fergus McMillan, Chief Executive of LGBT Youth Scotland said:

‘Looking behind the figures, and connecting to what we know from young people’s experiences, LGBT hate crime has a damaging impact on the lives of those affected. The 22% increase in sexual orientation charges reported, tells us that these crimes continue to impact lives and our communities. With reporting of transgender hate crime remaining low, it is important to look behind these figures to better understand why this is and support transgender people to feel safe and supported when reporting any instances of hate crime. 

LGBT Youth Scotland will continue to work with Scottish Government, Police Scotland, Local Authorities and others to protect children and young people’s rights, and ensure LGBT young people are supported to live their lives as equal citizens. We continue to encourage and support young people to report all instances of sexual orientation and transgender hate crime. More must be done to ensure LGBT young people are safe and respected in our communities.’

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Notes to Editor

1. Hate Crime Figures 2013-2014 can be accessed here:

2. Hate Crime figures 2012 – 2013 can be accessed here:

3. LGBT Youth Scotland is the largest youth and community-based organisation for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in Scotland. The charity's mission is to:

“empower lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young people and the wider LGBT community so that they are embraced as full members of the Scottish family at home, school and in every community.”