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LGBT Communities Online Webchat, Tuesday 14 May 2013, 6.30-8.30pm

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Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Communities Online Webchat

Tuesday 14 May 2013, 6.30-8.30pm

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Cumbria Constabulary will mark this year’s International Day Against Homophobia & Transphobia (IDAHO) by holding its third online meeting for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communities.

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The International Day is on 17th May, and to mark this, on Tuesday 14th May 2013, from 6:30pm to 8:30pm, a host of partners; PiNC (Pride in North Cumbria), G.O.B.S. (Gay Older Brothers & Sisters), Spectrum (University of Cumbria), Trans Lakes Nights and OutREACH Cumbria will be available online during a web chat hosted on the University of Cumbria’s website.

Representatives from these organisations will be available to offer support and guidance as well as promote the services available in Cumbria. Officers will also be online to provide LGBT communities the opportunity to gain advice, find out about crime and hate-related issues locally and ask any questions.

IDAHO was created in 2004 to draw attention to the fact that in almost 80 countries around the world loving someone of the same sex is still considered illegal, at times involving lifetime imprisonment and in some countries punishable by death.  In many countries citizens are denied their right to live according to their preferred gender identity.

Temporary Deputy Chief Constable Michelle Skeer, said:

“Hate crime is not tolerated and we do all we can to tackle the issue in Cumbria. The most important thing is for victim’s to report incidents to us, we do not want people to suffer in silence. We have measures that can be put in place to support any victim and we will do everything possible to ensure offenders are prosecuted.  We encourage everyone to log on to the web chat, to ask questions, gain advice or just to speak to someone about their concerns. You can remain anonymous if you are worried about people being able to identify you.”

To join the web chat, visit the following page: www.cumbria.ac.uk/LGBTwebchat

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