PCC Coppinger with Gay Advice Darlington & Durham (GAAD) and Cleveland Trans Association members as part of the Middlesbrough Pride event.
Cleveland’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Barry Coppinger, has spoken to trans community members from across Cleveland in a discussion facilitated by Gay Advice Darlington & Durham (GAAD) and Cleveland Trans Association.
The session took place as part of this year’s Middlesbrough Pride event, and was an opportunity for frank and open discussion, in a safe environment, regarding the variety of issues that members of the trans community can face, particularly in relation to hate crime.
Mr Coppinger said: “Everyone should be able to live the life they choose, free from persecution and sadly many members of the trans community are still being targeted on a regular basis.
“Today I want to send the message out to victims suffering from transphobic hate crime and incidents that they can contact the police and their issues will be dealt with sensitively and robustly.
“We will not tolerate this ignorant behaviour in Cleveland and perpetrators will be dealt with appropriately.”
Emma Roebuck from GADD added: “Hate Crime is an insidious crime that affects its victims at the very core of their being. Assault, abuse or any other crime that is driven by prejudice or bigotry against someone who is different is clearly wrong but its happens all too often.
The solutions to these problems is to shine a light on the perpetrators and educate the wider public to show that we are all human and difference is to be celebrated, not hated.”
Posted on Friday 16th October 2015