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What's the impact?
It is true that attitudes are changing and that Irish society is becoming more accepting of LGBT people. But people are still subjected to discrimination, and in some cases violence and harassment, simply because of their actual or perceived sexual orientation and/or gender identity.
The LGBTIreland Report (2016) found that LGBT people still face levels of discrimination and harassment, and that many LGBT people cannot be themselves in their daily lives. The report results show significant levels of harassment or discrimination experienced by LGBT people in Ireland.
- Up to a third of participants had experienced verbal harassment or threats of violence due to being LGBTI.
- 21% had been punched, hit or physically attacked during their lifetime.
- 75% experienced being verbally hurt.
- Over 50% would feel unsafe or very unsafe holding the hand of their same-sex partner.
- 15% had been sexually attacked.
Where a person is targeted for attack because of their actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity there are many effects of the person which are less obvious than physical effects and therefore may not receive the necessary attention: they may become afraid of public spaces or strangers and it may have an impact on their mental health and wellbeing. There may also be reverberations of the crime throughout the LGBT community, who may also become fearful. It may result in people not feeling comfortable being open about themselves in public, for example, avoiding holding hands with their same-sex partner.
Harassment can take many forms and verbal harassment in the form of casual jokes and inappropriate language can be equally as hurtful to LGBT individuals, especially younger people who may be coming to terms with their sexual orientation or gender identity. This form of harassment appears to occur regularly in Irish society, with the latest research findings reporting that almost 80% of respondents of the view that this is very or fairly widespread in Ireland.
That is why we are asking you to record it here as part of the Stop LGBT Hate Crime campaign. Improved recording will help us to understand the types of incidents that are taking place and as such, the information gathered will be used to better address such issues.