Humberside Police Support Campaign To End Homophobic Hate
9:19am 14th June 2013
A national campaign to end homophobic hate and reduce suicide amongst young gay people is being supported by Humberside Police.
The Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) and The College of Policing released the It Gets Better video as part of the campaign on Friday 17 May, International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO).
Humberside Police say they are fully supporting the initiative and hope people locally take the time to watch the video on YouTube
Chair of Humberside Police’s LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) Staff Support Network, Stephen Mirfin said: “Although It Get’s Better is aimed at young LGBT people, it has, and continues to be, of great support for LGBT people of all ages who have had a hard time coming to terms with their sexuality or gender status.
“People coming out often feel very isolated and it’s great to see that ACPO and the police service nationally have leant support to the campaign to show that people are not alone and many other people are lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and trans, including police officers, staff, volunteers and special constabulary up and down the country.”
He added: “Many of us know someone who is LGBT, sometimes without realising it. It may be a gay father, a bi-sexual sister, a lesbian friend, a trans son.
“It Gets Better can and does help those that see the thousands if not millions of clips that have been uploaded around the world and it’s great to see the British Police Service has contributed to these.”
The College of Policing, which is responsible for driving standards across the police service, has also supported the development of the DVD.
College of Policing equality, diversity and human rights unit lead Everett Henry said: “It's important that policing has a voice within the LGBT community.
“As a reflection of society, the service has many members who identify themselves as LGBT.
“These individuals are key to developing an inclusive and effective police service contributing also to helping the wider service tackle homophobic hate crime and supporting staff and victims who come forward.
“This DVD will hopefully assist in further breaking down barriers in confidence and trust in policing through their willingness to share personal experiences and stories of being LGBT."
If young LGBT people are experiencing hate crime, they should contact their local police by dialling 101 or by reporting anonymously online at www.report-it.org.uk supported by the UK Gay Police Association.
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