Manchester Community Safety
Community Safety: the state of the city for Manchester’s LGB communities (2014) brings together the available evidence on LGB people’s community safety needs and experiences in Manchester and sets out a series of recommendations for all those with a stake in the future of Manchester and the gay Village as a social, cultural and economic hub where LGBT people can feel safe and reach their full potential.
Homophobic and biphobic hate crime is a common experience among the LGB community, yet reporting of it is low. Substantial evidence shows that experience of hate crime and increased fear of becoming a victim of crime have a significant negative impact on LGB people’s lives.
We don’t know enough about LGB people’s experiences in other areas of community safety, such as general crime, domestic violence, sexual violence and exploitation, housing and access to community safety services, because of a lack of sexual orientation monitoring in public services.
This report from The Lesbian & Gay Foundation with the support of Manchester City Council’s Equalities Team finds that LGB people’s needs are not being recognised and addressed across Manchester when they are most in need of support.