Essex Police fly Transgender Day of Visibility Flag

Politics / Fri 29th Mar 2019 pm31 03:21pm

THE transgender flag will fly outside our Chelmsford Headquarters on Friday, March 29, ahead of this weekend’s International Transgender Day of Visibility.

International Transgender Day of Visibility is celebrated on Sunday, March 31.

Chief Constable of Essex Police, BJ Harrington, said: “This is a day to celebrate our transgender colleagues and the diversity of Essex’s local communities.

“However, we also need to raise the very real issues of discrimination that members of the transgender communities can face.

“We had just 61 reports of transgender hate crime in 2018. I fear that the true figure would be much higher, and I would continue to ask victims of these hate crimes to report it to us so that we can investigate.

“We will support you if you come to us as a victim of crime, as an officer, or as a member of our staff. Our pledge is to keep you safe across Essex, and enable you to live without fear of violence or harassment.”

Chair of the Essex Police LGBT Network, PC Joe Whitehead, added: “This weekend marks an important day for the transgender community and we’d encourage any allies from Essex Police to show their support at events across the district.

“Local charities like Transpire and Outhouse East continue to do great work in raising awareness of the difficulties faced by members of the trans community, and we’ll continue to meet with their members and work with them to make sure that we’re keeping Essex Police a safe and inclusive place for transgender victims, officers and staff members.”

You can find a transgender support group near you by visiting www.transunite.co.uk.

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