Victims of crime from LGBT community encouraged to come forward ahead of Bristol Pride this weekend.
This week is Bristol Pride Week, the biggest celebration of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communities in the South West. There will be a range of activities all over the city from film festivals and plays through to social events which aim to bring communities together and raise awareness and understanding.
The police are proud to be taking part in the big Bristol Pride event in Castle Park on Saturday (July 12) to show their support for the city’s LGBT communities and encourage people to report crime. They will be joined by tens of thousands of people who are expected to attend the event and soak up the continuing summer sunshine.
Police officers and staff will also be marching through the streets of Bristol in the parade which gathers in Queens Square from 11am and kicks off at 11.15am.
Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said: “The diversity of people in Bristol is what makes it a great place to live and work and no one should feel victimised because of their sexuality.
“Events like Bristol Pride not only bring communities together, but also allow us to share the message that if you are a victim you are not alone, there are people who can help. Members of my team will be joining the LGBT team for the event - make sure you visit them and find out more about their roles.”
Sergeant Helen Riddell Head of Avon and Somerset’s Gay Police Association said: “We know that people from LGBT communities are more likely to be victims of crime because of their sexuality and that they are less likely to report it.
“The message that we want to get out this year is to please come forward and let us know if you are a victim of crime. We will do everything we can to bring people to justice and send a clear message that homophobic and transphobic hate crimes will not be tolerated in our city.
“I’d also like to thank PCC Sue Mountstevens, who not only takes a personal interest in the LGBT team, but has also funded the LGB and trans domestic violence programme, which is a 12-month pilot scheme led by The Diversity Trust and Next Link to explore and inform best practice with regard to domestic violence within the LGBT communities. They are joined by partners from the police and Bristol City Council, who have a personal interest and wealth of experience in assisting those people affected by this issue.
“Lastly, I want to encourage people to visit the True Vision website and use the hate crime reporting feature, which is ideal for people who want to let the police know of any issues, regardless of where they are in the country, as it directs the information to the relevant police force.”
If you feel you could help by offering a perspective on the domestic violence programme, then please contact The Diversity Trust, as we want this project to speak direct with people in our communities.
The Constabulary are also running a competition at Pride during the day on Saturday. We are asking party-goers to follow the police LGBT team on Twitter @ASPoliceLGBT and to re-tweet any one of our posts on the 12th July. If you do, you will be entered into a random prize draw to win a behind-the-scenes tour of the mounted section (police horses) for four people, valid for 12 months.
See you there!
For more information about the event, visit http://pridebristol.co.uk/
People can visit the police stand in Castle Park where they can meet the police LGBT Liaison team as well as get crime prevention and safety advice.
Posted on Wednesday 9th July 2014