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Report finds surge in homophobic and transphobic hate crime in York

Wednesday, 3 April 2024 00:00

By Connie Shaw

Hate crimes motivated by homophobia and transphobia have increased by 73% in the last year.

Homophobic and transphobic hate crime has almost doubled in a year according to a York Human Rights City Indicator report carried out by York Human Rights City Network. 29.7% of hate crimes recorded by North Yorkshire Police in 2023 were ‘homophobic’ or ‘transphobic’, equating to a 73% increase. Overall, reported hate crime rose by 6% between 2021 and 2022, with the majority being race and night time economy related, according to the report. 

Jake Furby from the York LGBT Forum said he was “not surprised” by the figures as they were in line with a national rise in hate towards trans people. However, he also said the “relationship with North Yorkshire Police has been quite good when it comes to reporting hate crime” and that “people feel that they are being listened to''.


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