Data from police forces in England and Wales shows that while the numbers remain small, there has been a clear rise reports the Belfast Telegraph
In total, there were 16 transgender-related hate crimes linked to educational establishments in the 2016/17 academic year – equivalent to more than one a month, a Press Association investigation shows.
This is up 167% compared to the academic year before (2015/16), when there were six offences.
The figures are based on data collected through Freedom of Information requests from 29 police forces, which provided details on the numbers of hate-related crimes and the types of “flags” attached to those offences.
It has been suggested that the increase could be due to efforts to improve police recording systems and to agencies working together. But campaigners warned that the figures were a “wake-up call”.
Paul Twocock, Stonewall’s director of campaigns, policy and research, said: “While some people may suggest this spike is due to increased confidence in reporting, we fear these figures represent just the tip of the iceberg of a rise in hate crimes against LGBT people.
“From our research into hate crime, we know that four in five anti-LGBT hate crimes go unreported, with younger people particularly reluctant to go to the police.”
He added: “We want a review of hate crime laws so that crimes based on sexual orientation, gender identity or disability are treated equally to those based on race and faith.”
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