– Assistant Chief Constable Steph Morgan, the ACPO lead for LGBT issues
Growing up as a young lesbian, gay, bisexual or trans person is often a day-to-day struggle which can lead to low self-esteem, anxiety and suicidal feelings.
The It Gets Better project exists to show young LGBT people the levels of happiness, potential, and positivity their lives will reach if they can just make it through their teenage years.
We want young LGBT people to know It Gets Better, they're not alone and we're here to help.
– Phil Emery, West Midlands Police LGB&T Network
We welcome this new film and the message it sends to those who may be experiencing homophobic or transphobic hate crime.
With such a diverse workforce working to keep the region's diverse communities safe, we are all too aware of the impact these crimes have on people and how they can escalate if unreported.
West Midlands Police is supporting a campaign to raise awareness of homophobic and transphobic hate crime and to encourage victims to seek help by speaking out.
In a film released today (video above) by International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHoT) a group of 36 lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans-gender (LGBT) police officers and police staff tell their stories and offer advice.