LGBT Young People Take Part in Webcast on Hate Crime

In order to mark International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT) on 17th May, the Gay Police Association Scotland[1] broadcasted a live and interactive webcast covering the topic of LGBT Hate Crime. The webcast covered issues including what constitutes a hate crime, LGBT Liaison Officers, third party reporting and what to expect if the crime you reported goes to prosecution through the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal service.

The panel consisted of:

  • PC Simon Daley, who has the LGBT portfolio within National Safer Communities for Police Scotland;
  • Ruth McQuade from the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service;
  • Jacq Kelly from the Equality Network.

Prior to the event, the LGBT National Youth Council contacted local youth groups, colleges, and universities to encourage their peers to engage with the webcast and submit questions for the discussion.

Many of the issues raised in LGBT Youth Scotland's Manifesto, were discussed during the webcast[2]. We have asked, for instance, that both Police Scotland and the Procurator Fiscal Service work closely to improve LGBTI people’s wellbeing in court. During the discussion, Ruth McQuade spoke of victim support services and different methods of giving evidence in court that can be used such as using a screen in the courtroom or giving a testimonial through web link to ensure victims feel as safe as possible.

Another manifesto ask is that Police Scotland take steps to engage with the LGBTI community through a commitment to liaison officers, raising awareness of what hate crime is and what happens after a report is taken. In the last year, Police Scotland has teamed up with the Equality Network to train a network of 60 officers to help prevent LGBTI hate crime across the country[3].

Since it originally aired, the webcast has been viewed nearly 400 times.

You can watch the IDAHOT broadcast to learn more about your rights in relation to hate crime here.

[2] LGBT Youth Scotland (2016) Improving the Lives of LGBT Young People Living in Scotland: LGBT Youth Scotland’s Manifesto (2016-2021). LGBT Youth Scotland.

[3] Police Scotland (2016) Police Scotland Rolls Out Training To Tackle LGBTI Hate Crime.

http://www.scotland.police.uk/whats-happening/news/2016/march/police-scotland-rolls-out-training-to-tackle-lgbti-hate-crime. Accessed 19/05/2016