To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to tackle the reported change in the number of hate crimes towards LGBTQ+ people.
22 September 2021
All forms of hate crime are completely unacceptable.
We have a robust legislative framework to respond to hate crimes which target race, religion, sexual orientation, disability and transgender identity.
The Government published the hate crime action plan (Action Against Hate: The UK government’s plan for tackling hate crime) in 2016 and refreshed this plan in October 2018 and has committed to publish a new strategy to tackle hate crime this autumn.
The Government has commissioned a Law Commission review of the adequacy of current hate crime legislation. The review will report this year and we will respond to it when it is complete.
Government action to tackle broader discrimination against LGBTIQ+ people includes:
- A commitment to holding an international conference on LGBT rights; the “Safe To Be Me” conference will be held in 2022.
- The September 2020 announcement of a further £3.2 million of UK-funded projects to help Commonwealth governments and civil society groups reform outdated laws and end the legacy of discrimination and violence.
- Bringing forward legislation to ban conversion therapy as soon as Parliamentary time allows and making new funds available to ensure that victims have better access to the support they need.
The Government will continue to work with the police, stakeholders including Galop and others to understand the concerns of LGBTQ+ communities and what more can be done to address those concerns.