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Hate crimes against transgender people in Scotland have increased by almost double since 2015, according to recent figures.

A Freedom of Information request to Police Scotland from the Daily Record revealed that 101 hate crimes with a transgender aggravator were recorded by cops in 2019.

That figure has increased by more than 48% from the number recorded in 2015, where officers received 52 reports.

The force defines a hate crimes as “any crime which is perceived by the victim or any other person, to be motivated (wholly or partly) by malice and ill-will towards a social group”.

An LGBT+ organisation fears that trans people face an ‘increasingly hostile and unwelcoming environment’ in Scotland.

Vic Valentine of the Scottish Trans Alliance told the Record: “Unfortunately, these figures reflect what trans people are telling us about experiencing an increasingly hostile and unwelcoming environment across Scotland.

“With the ongoing spotlight on trans people in public life that often relies on outdated, offensive and untrue stereotypes about who trans people are, it is disappointing but not surprising to see the effects of this reflected in the number of hate crimes reported to the police.

“It’s really important that conversations about any minority group are respectful and constructive, to avoid reinforcing negative social attitudes that some people may hold.”



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