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Reporting biphobic hate

This week’ s stories about a biphobic hate incident at a festival in Cardiff being poorly handled by the council’ s stewarding team highlight how difficult reporting biphobic hate can be.

One of the women at the center of the so-called “ lesbian kiss” furore told BCN yesterday,


“ We weren’ t even snogging, it was actually a couple of pecks on the lips whilst dancing. For that we found ourselves subjected to a group of older women shouting hate speech and one literally obtaining right up in our faces to tell all of us we were disgusting.

 

“ So the idea that a steward came over and after that rather than address the actual criminals in the situation, asked us to “ sculpt it down” instead was lower than fun. ”

People yelling abuse at both you and screaming to your face that you’ re disgusting?

To us that reads like a biphobic hate crime or biphobic hate incident. But if something similar occurs you and you want to report it or even need support, you might not know where to go.

You can call info to report it to your local police or go online to Review It – and in most areas there are “ third party reporting centres”, usually community centres, with educated staff who can take details. The local police website should list exactly where they are in your area.

Using the processes that don’ t involve going directly to the police, you can choose to have your details passed to the police for personal follow-up, or to remain anonymous. Anonymous reporting still assists map where hate incidents are usually happening, to show patterns of nuisance.

If you need support after a biphobic or other hate event, Jessica White, the Community Safety Co-ordinator from the LGBT Foundation advises:


“ The website LGBT Hate Crime offers details of charities within the partnership who can provide immediate support around LGBT hate crime. I would also recommend Victim Assistance, who have a helpline, and offices around the country, and whose employees and volunteers have been trained in helping LGBT victims of hate crime.

We spoken to Ele from local bi support and outreach organisation BiWales, who said,


“ The particular experiences of bisexual young people in schools and people in the community lead to several bisexual people approaching us feeling that there’ s something wrong with them or that they’ re the only bisexual person in their local community.

 

“ Tackling biphobic bullying at school and biphobic hate crime, educating people on bisexuality and misconceptions and misconceptions and promoting local community cohesion are vital to helping bi people. ”

 

This appeared first upon www.bicommunitynews.co.uk

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