Standing with our communities against prejudice
On 20th November, Gloucestershire County Council is honouring Transgender Day of Remembrance by flying the Transgender Pride Flag.
It will be the first time Shire Hall has flown the flag, which is an internationally recognised symbol for transgender people.
Transgender Day of Remembrance is an opportunity for communities to come together and remember transgender people, gender-variant individuals and those perceived to be transgender, who have been murdered because of hate.
Over the last decade, more than one person per month has died internationally due to transgender-based hate or prejudice, regardless of any other factors in their lives.
In the UK, Home Office statistics show there were 858 trangender hate crime offences recorded by the police in 2015/16.
Pete Bungard, Chief Executive of Gloucestershire County Council, said, “It is truly shocking that so many people have experienced needless discrimination and hatred. I am proud to be an ally, and I send my condolences to the global LGBT+ community.”
'Prism', Gloucestershire County Council’s LGBT+ network re-launched just over two years ago and actively supports staff who identify as part of the LGBT+ community. Over 100 staff have also pledged to be Allies, who promote equal opportunity and help eliminate discrimination inside and outside of the work place.
For help, information and advice visit GlosHate
If you are a victim of hate crime you should report it by calling 101 or filling out this online form for Gloucestershire Constabulary.