St Helens Council is calling on residents to help spread the message that St Helens is ‘No Place for Hate’ ahead of Sparkle Weekend (7-9 July), the national transgender celebration.
The council’s No Place for Hate campaign aims to raise awareness of the support available to victims of hate crime, and urge people to come forward and report it.
To join in with the annual celebration of diversity, the council’s No Place for Hate logo will be sparkling on the council’s Facebook and Twitter channels – and residents will be encouraged to share the logo and write a message of support for transgender inclusion and acceptance through the council’s hate crime pledge.
Sparkle, the national transgender charity, hosts a free, family friendly event during the weekend, with food, market stalls, music and fashion in abundance, in Manchester city centre’s Sackville Gardens.
Hate crime is any offence or incident committed against individuals, groups or communities because of who they are and can include; physical assault, damage to property, arson, graffiti, threats, verbal abuse, bullying, obscene telephone calls, and text and social media messages.
Although incidents of hate crime remain low in St Helens, the crime can have a devastating impact on communities. Victims are often reluctant to report it due to embarrassment or fear of doing so. To encourage further reporting, new posters have been created to encourage victims of transphobic hate crime to come forward and report it.
Please show your support by making a personal pledge to celebrate diversity and challenge hate crime in St Helens – visit www.sthelens.gov.uk/hatecrime.
If you have been affected by hate crime, don’t suffer in silence. Report it to Stop Hate UK by calling 0800 138 1625 or texting 07717 989 025, or call Merseyside Police on 101.