I have been clear throughout my Mayoralty that I will not tolerate hate crime against any of London’s communities, and have committed more funds to combatting it than any other Mayor. Both MOPAC and the MPS undertake a significant amount of stakeholder engagement with London’s LGBT+ communities to ensure their voice is heard in terms of the police response and how we support those subjected to homophobic hate crime.
The London LGBT+ anti-violence charity Galop works closely with MOPAC and the police in developing our response to hate crime. They also play a significant role in providing victim services funded by MOPAC. In recognition of the importance of this work I recently doubled the funding for the CATCH hate crime advocacy service, in which Galop is a lead partner, enabling it to support up to 900 victims this year.
As part of its response to the rise in homophobic hate crime the MPS has launched a new voluntary role of LGBT+ advisor. This cohort of over 160 officers and staff will engage with LGBT+ communities at a grassroots level and, alongside the Hate Crime Liaison Officers who work with local hate crime organisations in every London borough, offer learning and development within the MPS and reassure communities, building trust and confidence to report hate crime.
However, as well as a robust response to hate crime, I believe it’s equally important to celebrate the diversity in our great city. I’ve been proud to stand alongside London’s LGBT+ communities, hosting London’s Annual Pride Reception at City Hall for the last three years and launching a number of health and inequality initiatives.