UK’s homophobia-related crimes dropping, but transphobic hate crimes are on the rise

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The United Kingdom’s Home Office has released figures revealing a drop in homophobic crimes throughout the nation; reportedly, there were approximately 4,362 such hate crimes from 2011 to 2012 in England and Wales. In 2012 to 2013, those numbers dropped to 4,267.

However, the same data also revealed that transphobic crimes have risen—from 309 between 2011 and 2012, to 361 between 2012 and 2013. Additionally, an August Galop report showed that 75 percent of transgender people become victims of hate crimes every year, while one in eight gay people are victimized.

Because many homophobic and transphobic crimes go unreported, the figures may not be an exact reflection of how many LGBT people are mistreated; Galop estimated the number of unreported incidences to be about half of all LGBT crimes. It was also noted that transphobic crimes are often poorly investigated.

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