‘Call It Out’ is a new civil society campaign to highlight and address the harm caused by homophobia, biphobia and transphobia in Ireland. The campaign is being led by the Transgender Equality Network of Ireland (TENI) and the team from the Hate and Hostility Research Group at the University of Limerick.
Despite recent positive changes for LGBT+ people in Ireland, many still experience harassment and intimidation simply because of who they are. This needs to change. LGBT+ people are so used to living with a background of prejudiced behaviour that they put up with abuse and insults. For many it feels like it is part of being who they are.
We want to send a clear message to the LGBT+ community that homophobia, biphobia and transphobia are not acceptable. We want to tell people; no, you don’t have to stand for it.
Call It Out.
- We also want to send a clear message to the General Public in Ireland that:
hate crimes and incidents towards LGBT+ people are message crimes, they not only affect the person subjected to them, but they also affect the whole LGBT+ community because they share the same identity and it can therefore create a climate of fear.
- something that you think is harmless and funny can be very hurtful to members of the LGBT+ community because those jokes and words have been used as weapons against them.
- it is unacceptable in Ireland in 2019 to commit incidents motivated by homophobia, biphobia and transphobia. This behaviour is at odds with the spirit and values of our country and our people, who are welcoming, fair and decent.
This chapter reports the results of the Call It Hate survey for Ireland. The survey was administered by LightSpeed, on behalf of the Call It Hate Partnership, to a representative sample of 1395 people between the 9th of September and the 1st of October 2018. The chapter will be published in 2019 as part of an edited collection emanating from the Call It Hate project.