The Government has asked the law society to look into two questions:
- Should people accused of certain crimes (the list includes assault and criminal damage) be charged with a specific aggravated form of the offence—carrying a longer sentence—if they have shown hostility towards the victim based on the victim’s transgender identity? Currently, this is only possible where hostility was shown on the basis of the victim’s race or religion.
- Should there be new offences of stirring up hatred against people who are transgender? At present, these offences only exist for using words or behaviour that stirs up hatred on the grounds of race, religion and sexual orientation.
The law society would like to hear from anyone who would like to help. More details available here.
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