Hate crime is a real issue for the LGBT+ community. If you are perceived to be LGBT you are far more likely to be targeted for a hate crime of the basis on sexual orientation. Last year alone, there were 718 recorded hate crimes in the West Midlands motivated by sexual orientation.
Hate crime doesn't just affect the person that is targeted, but also their family, friends and others of the same community - in this case, people that identify as LGBT+.
We all have a responsibility to do what we can to tackle hate crime. The first step to tackling hate crime is awareness, and the second part is reporting.
West Midlands Police are running a series of LGBT+ hate crime surgeries at the the Citizens Advice Bureau in Wolverhampton between October 2018 and June 2019. Come along, hear the facts and share your story.
Venue: Citizens Advice Bureau, 26 Snow Hill, Wolverhampton, WV2 4AD
Time: 12pm to 2pm
Friday 26th October 2018
Friday 21st December 2018
Friday 22nd February 2019
Friday 26th April 2019
Friday 28th June 2019
They're also hosting some general hate crime surgeries at the University of Wolverhampton.
Venue: University of Wolverhampton, Wulfruna Street, Wolverhampton, WV1 1LY
Time: 2pm to 4pm
Tuesday 27th November 2018
Tuesday 22th January 2019
Tuesday 26th March 2019
Tuesday 28th May 2019