Anti-homophobic initiatives

Meeting: 
MQT on 2009-11-18
Session date: 
November 18, 2009
Reference: 
2009/3417
Question By: 
John Biggs
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

What anti-homophobic initiatives are you intending to take over the course of the next year and what anti-homophobic messages are you intending to promote?

Answer

Answer for Anti-homophobic initiatives

Answer for Anti-homophobic initiatives

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I am committed to ensuring that everyone in London has their right upheld not to be a victim of hate crime and that all such crimes are dealt with rigorously. I have sought re-assurance from the Commissioner that, given the recent rise in homophobic attacks in the capital, all is being done by the MPS to tackle this heinous hate crime. Anyone affected by, or witnessing a hate crime should report it to the police.

The Mayor believes hate crime must be high on the agenda if we are to ensure perpetrators are held to account and reduce the risk of it happening in the first place. Furthermore, the Mayor is urging anyone affected by, or witnessing a hate crime, to report it.

I am also investing in preventing hate crime by tackling homophobic bullying in schools through funding Stonewall to produce a DVD with FIT theatre, to be distributed across secondary schools in London.