Why are hate crimes on the rise?
A trans man experienced a hate crime in Southwark on Monday last week. As he walked to a university lecture, he had transphobic slurs shouted at him from across Borough Road by a total stranger.
He said that the incident made him feel “scared and shaken up” and that he had “barely stopped crying.”
London prides itself on being completely LGBTQ+ inclusive, but the experience of this trans person highlights a much deeper issue in London.
According to the Metropolitan police, of the 399 homophobic hate crimes recorded in June 2021, 52 attacks targeted trans people, with a further 119 attacks recorded over the three months following.
When asked about this issue, the Mayor insists on reiterating his Police and Crime Plan for 2017-2021 to take a “zero-tolerance approach to hate crime in all its forms.”
However, the rising rate of hate crimes in London against transgender people has left many trans residents to feel as if those are empty promises with no clear sign of a crackdown on this kind of crime from the Met.