Stories wanted: are you a victim of a hate crime?

In April 2010 a national conference will take place in Ottawa that centers on why the GLBTQ community does not report hate crimes.  To prepare for the conference, the organizers have put out the call for stories of hate-motivated incidents toward the GLBTTQ community from across Canada.

Hate Crime StoriesIf you have been a victim of a hate crime, organizers are asking for you to take a few moments to look at the questsion below and tell them your story.  You can send them your story through Facebook or by email to victimsvoices2010@yahoo.ca.

  1. Have you ever been physically assaulted because of your sexual orientation or gender identity?
  2. Have you ever experienced violence or abuse in a same-sex partner relationship?
  3. Have you ever been verbally assaulted or discriminated against because of your sexual orientation or gender identity?
  4. Have you ever experienced Homophobia or Transphobia because of your sexual orientation or gender identity?
  5. Have you ever been victimized or discriminated against by law enforcement agencies or the legal system because of your sexual orientation or gender identity?
  6. Have you ever been a victim of a hate crime because of your sexual orientation or gender identity?
  7. Have you ever been afraid to report any of the above because of your sexual orientation or gender identity?

The two-day conference is being organized by the Ottawa Police Service Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Liaison Committee in partnership with the GLBTTQ Community Centre of Ottawa with funding from Justice Canada.

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