What does a transphobic hate incident look like?
A transphobic hate incident is any incident where you or someone else has been targeted because you or they are believed to be transsexual or transgender.
No two hate incidents are the same but they may include the following:
• Verbal abuse and name-calling
• Physical attack
• Graffiti or other deliberate damage to property
• Written or recorded threats
• Cyber Bullying
If you see someone getting hassled, and you think it is because they are transsexual or transgender you can report it as an incident, even if the victim has not done so.
We know that there is severe under reporting of transphobic hate incidents. In September 2014, Leicester University’s Hate Crime Project found that 59% of those targeted because of hostility towards their transgender status had been the victim of violent crime. If you would like to read the Gendered Hostility Briefing Paper please click here.
There is also confusion about whether some incidents are motivated by homophobia or transphobia. This should not stop you reporting an incident.
These incidents don’t just affect the lives of those involved but affect their friends, their families, and every part of the local community.
If hate incidents are not reported, the bullies, bigots and thugs will feel their behaviour is totally acceptable and that they can continue to abuse people whenever they feel like it.