The National LGBT Police Network, in partnership with Stonewall and supported by Travers Smith LLP, today launches a summer campaign to offer reassurance and guidance to the LGBT community in the aftermath of the Orlando attack. The new campaign aims to reach out to the LGBT community across the UK to offer reassurance and guidance following the events in Orlando.
As part of the campaign, the National LGBT+ Police Network will be at Pride festivals up and down the country to drive home the message that the police will be keeping them safe with Pride. Focusing on messages of support for the LGBT+ community, the social media-based campaign will provide key advice on reporting a hate crime and keeping safe this Pride season.
Lou Provart and Tracy O’Hara, Co-Chairs of the National LGBT+ Police Network said: “We are delighted to be working in Partnership with Stonewall, supported by law firm Travers Smith, on a campaign to reach out to LGBT communities across the UK to offer reassurance and guidance following the recent tragic events in Orlando.
Our message is clear, as LGBT officers and staff from across England, Wales and Northern Ireland we stand together with you, to protect you and keep you safe. We will be at Pride festivals up and down the country and commit to being #ByYourSide, because the public are the police, and the police are the public.
We are here for you and with you. In the coming weeks we will be sending out messages to support people in reporting LGBT hate crime, driving out homophobia, bi-phobia and transphobia, and some key advice about staying safe this Pride season. We want to also raise awareness of how you can get involved to support our work in police service as we strive to make policing a service which truly reflects the public it serves.” Robbie de Santos, Head of Campaigns at Stonewall, said: "After the tragic events in Orlando, this year’s Prides will be especially poignant. Pride is a time for lesbian, gay, bi and trans people to stand in solidarity with allies and reflect on the work that is still left to do.
This is why we’re pleased that police are making this show of support and standing by the side of all LGBT people. It sends a reassuring message to those who are attending Pride, as well as demonstrating that we can all step up and play a part in changing attitudes towards LGBT people."
Daniel Gerring, CSR Partner at Travers Smith commented: "In the wake of the tragic events in Orlando, Travers Smith is delighted to be working with the National LGBT+ Police Network and Stonewall in sharing these important messages to the LGBT+ community. In the face of the fear and anger provoked by events such as Orlando it is heartening to see the community pull together still further and we feel privileged to be able to play a part in supporting this.