February is Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) History Month, and among the hundreds of events across the country, the Metropolitan Police Service hosted a one day conference at New Scotland Yard on Monday.
Met staff and officers joined others from the Crown Prosecution Service, youth workers and local LGBT forums to discuss compound discrimination, homophobic bullying and hate crime research.
Speakers from Stonewall, Gendered Intelligence, and the Met’s Diversity and Citizen Focus Directorate were among those who gave presentations at the event, which was hosted by comedienne Zoe Lyons.
Acting Assistant Commissioner Alfred Hitchcock said:
“The Met is committed to delivering a quality service to all Londoners and all communities, and developing a service that reflects those communities.
“This conference is an opportunity to enhance our awareness and understanding of the needs of our LGBT colleagues and London’s wider LGBT community.
“We have made significant progress in creating a better workplace for LGBT colleagues, but there is still more to be done.
“Similarly, we are working with our partners to tackle all forms of hate crime, and to ensure the public can feel confident in coming to us to report these crimes.”
The Met will be holding two internal film screenings in February at New Scotland Yard to celebrate LGBT History Month.
A number of events including MPS LGBT community forums will also be taking place across London.