IDAHOBIT Day saw events held around the world calling for respect for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people worldwide.
Caroline Lucas, MP for Brighton Pavilion, who is co-sponsoring an Early Day Motion calling for greater equality for the LGBT community, said, “The seventh annual International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia is a great opportunity to raise the rainbow flag in support of the LGBT community here and around the world – and to reaffirm that homophobia and transphobia have absolutely no place in our society.”
Keith Taylor Green MEP for the Southeast joined Caroline in support of IDAHOBIT Day, saying, “As a former Green councillor for St Peters & North Laine, I’m proud that Brighton has a reputation as a gay-friendly city where lesbians and gay people can feel safe.
“It’s good that people are coming forward and reporting these crimes to the police, but police estimate that about 90 per cent of all hate crime across the country is not reported.
“I know that the new Green-led council will send a strong message that the people of Brighton want to live in a city where no one is afraid to express their identity.”
For more information please contact Brighton & Hove Green Party office on 01273 766 670.
Please note references to a rise in hate crime reporting in Brighton & Hove have been removed as the source was out of date and no rise had been reported recently.