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Stop hate crimes against transgender people

As part of this year’s Limerick Pride Festival, GOSHH (Gender Orientation Sexual Health HIV) are holding an information evening to highlight the number of hate crimes against transgender people in the Mid West.

Also dealing with the issue on a countrywide basis, GOSH will offer support and information on how to report these incidents to the relevant authorities.

The event, Hate Crimes – Support to Report will be held on Monday next at 6.30pm in the Absolute Hotel in Limerick. It is supported by the Transgender Equality Network Ireland (TENI) and An Garda Síochána.

TENI recently launched the STAD: Stop transphobia and Discrimination report, which documented 32 hate incidents, of which 15 were designated hate crimes. Eighty-eight percent of respondents experienced verbal abuse or insults, 28% experienced threats of violence, 19% experienced physical violence and 6% experienced sexual harassment.

The event will highlight the report’s findings that transgender people face elevated levels of violence and discrimination in Ireland.

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