• Yorkshire Evening Post

Hateful rhetoric against transgender people is culminating in physical attacks

Hateful rhetoric against transgender people has echoes of the homophobia seen forty years ago and is even resulting in people being attacked, an LGBT charity has said.

Heather Paterson, CEO of Say It Sheffield, says the language seen used against trans people is similar to that seen in the 1980s against gay and lesbian people, and is culminating in physical attacks and abuse. "In the past few years, there has been a lot of stirring up in the media about transgender and non-binary people (people who do not identify specifically as men or women)," Ms Paterson said.

"Trans people are often painted as being sexual predators and people you would not want to be in a changing room with. It is the exact same rhetoric that was used against gay people back in the 1980s. There were 191 hate crimes recorded against transgender people by Yorkshire's biggest police force last year, but it is believed most victims do not report the crimes "These are not just words on a page – they are having a detrimental impact. "I have heard of lots of trans people being attacked – it is the reality for some people we work with at Say It Sheffield. Many trans people will say they haven't experienced it, but then when you talk more, they will say, 'oh but I don't really go out anymore', or, 'I avoid walking down certain streets these days'. There is a level of self-policing going on.

"One woman I know who is trans was attac