A Trans Person's Experience
In all areas of our daily lives, we need to seek out and celebrate diversity.
! - 72% of trans people have experienced some kind of harassment in a public place.*
! - 21% of trans people reported not going out because of previous harassment in public.*
* Engendered Penalties, Press for Change, 2007
A transphobic hate crime is any criminal offence motivated by prejudice or hatred based on a person’s trans identity.
Reporting a transphobic hate crime or incidents is just as important as reporting homophobic crimes and incidents and should be reported with the same urgency.
When I reported the incident I thought nothing would happen, but I couldn’t have been more wrong.
The police were 100% behind me. They know the bigots need to be stopped! If I had kept quiet they would never have known how the incident affected my life.
The police listened and understood. It was brilliant to be able to educate them. The police know hatred has no place in our society and are working to stamp it out.
If you don’t report it, statistically it never happened. My report is logged against him now; he hasn’t said a word since!
To me it’s the perfect way to stop him attacking anyone else, even verbally. It was my little bit to help the entire trans community.
I could have just ignored his hatred as the only thing hurt was my feelings! But why give him the power to affect my life or the lives of others?
Irrational hatred has no place in our society. If we all report ‘hate incidents’ we’ll stop ‘hate crimes’ happening against others in the trans community!
GIRES Transphobic Crime Reporting Service
Alternative methods of reporting, either online or by using a form that you can print off and send via surface mail. Offers help from the trans support organisations and even report the crime to the police if desired.