It’s that time of year again, May 17th – International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia – A worldwide celebration of sexual and gender diversity while drawing attention to the violence and discrimination faced by our community.
May 17th was chosen as it was this date in 1990 that marked the declassification of homosexuality as a mental health disorder by the World Health Organisation. Although there are still countries where same-sex acts are illegal, thousands of people can come together to celebrate who they are- lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex people and all others with diverse sexual orientations, gender identities or expressions and sex characteristics – today!
And with the theme this year being Break the Silence, what better way to celebrate!
COVID can’t stop us from being proud to be who we are, proud to be activitists, allies and proud to break the silence on any discrimination we may face. We would love to hear how you are celebrating or breaking the silence this year!
Need some help breaking the silence? These national and local organisations and charities can help you tackle any discrimination or abuse you may be facing.
National LGBT Domestic Abuse Helpline
0800 999 5428 https://www.galop.org.uk/domesticabuse/
Part of Galop, the LGBT+ anti-violence charity
Galop is the UK’s only specialist LGBT+ anti-violence charity. Their mission is to make life just, fair and safe for LGBT+ people. Provides advice, support and advocacy to people who have experienced hate crime, domestic abuse and sexual violence.
Switchboard LGBT+ Helpline
0300 330 0630 https://switchboard.lgbt/
Provides an information, support and referral service for lesbians, gay men and bisexual and trans people – and anyone considering issues around their sexuality and/or gender identity.
0345 330 30 30 https://lgbt.foundation/
The LGBT Foundation helpline offers support and advice on a range of topics. They are also a third party hate crime reporting centre and can support you to report a hate crime, or report it on your behalf.
0300 999 5428 https://www.brokenrainbow.org.uk/
National LGBT Domestic Violence helpline provides confidential support to all members of the LGBT community, their families, friends, and agencies supporting them. We can provide advice and support, safety plans and discuss the possibility of reporting to the Police.
Stonewall 08000 50 20 20 https://www.stonewall.org.uk/
Stonewall run a freephone Information Service for advice and support on any issues affecting LGBT+ people or their families.
Support in CoventrySafe to Talk
0800 111 4998 https://www.safetotalk.org.uk/site/index.phpIn Coventry, abuse is everyone’s business. The Safe to Talk helpline brings together all the local services to offer specialist support, advice and advocacy to all victims of abuse. Your concerns will always be taken seriously and your safety will be prioritised.
02476 833 003 https://www.coventry.gov.uk/safeguardingadults
If you think someone is being harmed or neglected, report your concerns. Safeguarding is work that helps vulnerable people to keep their independence, wellbeing and choice to live a life free from abuse or neglect.
Report it Online (Coventry City Council)
Anyone can report a hate crime whether they are a victim, witness or third party. You can do this by visiting any police station or reporting it online via True Vision.
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