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Break The Hate: Responding to Anti-LGBTQ+ Hate Conference

Hate crimes against LGBTQ+ individuals in the UK have seen a concerning rise in recent years. The UK Home Office's 2022 hate crime statistics report highlights a stark increase of 41% in homophobic hate crimes and 56% in transphobic hate crimes in England and Wales. This marks the most significant annual rise since 2012.

In the face of this increasingly hostile environment, SAYiT's Break The Hate: Anti-LGBTQ+ Hate Conference is set to take place at St Marys Conference Centre. The conference seeks to bring together professionals, academics, and community members to explore the extent of anti-LGBTQ+ hate in the UK and the responses by criminal justice and voluntary agencies. It will look at hate crime and other forms of anti-LGBTQ+ discrimination and related social problems, which go beyond that which is covered by the criminal justice system.

The conference aims to empower LGBTQ+ communities to feel safe and supported, address prejudice towards them, and demonstrate allyship. We will address the issues and impact caused by anti-LGBTQ+ prejudices and provide a vehicle for cross sector organisations to collaborate in respecting and promoting diversity, and challenging discrimination, othering and prejudice.

It seeks to provide a safe and supportive environment for LGBTQ+ individuals to share experiences and discuss the mental health impacts of hate, community-based responses, third-party reporting and barriers to reporting, or accessing support. The conference aims to encourage collaboration in developing solutions to challenge anti-LGBTQ+ hate and prevent hate-motivated violence and discrimination to create socially just, inclusive, and safe communities.

The event is open to anyone interested in challenging anti-LGBTQ+ hate, with particular relevance for those working in criminal and civil justice, frontline youth and community and support services, education, mental health, and LGBTQ+ organisations.

Conference Schedule

Arrivals: Registration/Workshop Signups and Refreshments

Speakers include:

• Introducing context and current climate

• Political

• Academic

• Criminal Justice

• Civil law

• Community

• Youth and Education settings

• Third Party Hate Crime Reporting

• Mental health impact of hate crime

• Panel Discussion / Q&A

Lunch Break


• Workshop 1: Academic/Keynote

• Workshop 2: Criminal Justice

• Workshop 3: Civil law

• Workshop 4: Community

• Workshop 5: Mental health impact of hate crime

• Workshop 6: Youth and Education settings


Date and time:

Mon, 4 Sep 2023 09:30 - 16:00 BST


St Marys Conference Centre Bramall Lane Sheffield S2 4QZ


Additional information:

Refreshments: Tea and coffee will be provided, and a light vegetarian buffet lunch will be served.

Please email to advise us of any help that you may need for attending the conference. This includes disabilities that we may be able to help with if we have your requirements in advance such as arranging reserved seating in certain rows/areas, space/water for assistance dogs or other accessibility requirements.

Online: We will be live-tweeting throughout the event, use the hashtag #BreakTheHate23 and tag @SAYiTSheffield to join the conversation

Photographs: Filming and photography will take place during the event. If you do not want to appear in any photos, please notify a member of staff at the event.

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