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Monday, November 21, 2022

Concannon on Transphobic and Homophobic Hate Crime

Liam Concannon has posted an abstract of Protecting Difference: A Discussion on Transphobic and Homophobic Hate Crime in the Irish Context (Critical Social Policy 2022) on SSRN. Here is the abstract:

Ireland has been applauded internationally for its legislative progress in supporting the rights of LGBT+ citizens. Yet much of the positive change within the social and political context of sexuality and gender expression, has been achieved by campaign groups operating outside government boundaries. Notwithstanding these advances, LGBT+ people continue to face discrimination, abuse and violence. Concerns surrounding acts of aggression towards transgender and gay people call for an on-going dialogue between legislators, policy makers, and practitioners to explore ways in which safety can be ensured. This article draws from an emerging body of scholarship and research to question the effectiveness of current policy and legislation in Ireland. It offers a discourse on hate crime related to transphobia and homophobia, while challenging the existing political thinking. Multi-agency collaborative working is suggested as key to fostering solutions, together with changes in legal paradigms, and the continued formation of policy aimed at safeguarding the LGBT+ community.

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