Last Friday 2 June 2023 Hollywood Plaza in Diamond Hill saw the most horrific hate crime Hong Kong has ever seen. A lesbian couple was brutally stabbed to death by a mentally ill person in a popular shopping mall. While the police has so far reported that it was a random attack by a man with a history of mental illness, the shear horrific violence inflicted upon the first victim, described by witnesses as the one with “short-hair,” is proof enough that the incident was a targeted hate crime inflicted upon the vulnerable sections of our society. Hate crimes are acts of violence or intimidation motivated by prejudice or bias towards a particular group, often based on characteristics such as race, religion, sexual orientation, or gender identity. LGBTIQ+ individuals are often targeted for hate crimes because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

Hate crimes against our community can take many forms, including physical assault, verbal harassment, vandalism, discrimination, and even murder. These crimes can have a devastating impact on the victims and their families, and can also create a climate of fear and intimidation within the greater community.

Preventing hate crimes against lesbians, as well as all members of the LGBTIQ+ community, requires a multifaceted approach that involves both individual and societal actions. Here are some ways to help prevent hate crimes against the most vulnerable members of our society:

1. Educate yourself and others: One of the most effective ways to prevent hate crimes is to educate yourself and others about the issues facing the LGBTIQ+ community. Learn about the experiences of lesbians and other marginalised groups, and share this knowledge with others to promote understanding and tolerance.

2. Speak out against hate: If you hear someone making derogatory comments or engaging in discriminatory behavior towards lesbians or other members of the LGBTIQ+ community, speak out against it. Let them know that such behaviour is not acceptable and will not be tolerated.

3. Support organizations that promote equality: There are many organizations that work to promote equality and combat discrimination against the LGBTIQ community including Faith in Love Foundation. Consider supporting us through donations, volunteering, or other forms of activism.

4. Advocate for stronger laws and policies: Laws and policies that protect the rights of the LGBTIQ+ community can help prevent hate crimes. Advocate for stronger laws and policies that promote equality and protect the rights of lesbians and other members of the LGBTIQ+ community.

5. Build inclusive communities: Building inclusive communities that celebrate diversity and promote acceptance can help prevent hate crimes. Support community events and organizations that promote inclusion and diversity.

6. Report hate crimes: If you witness or experience a hate crime, report it to the appropriate authorities. Reporting hate crimes can help bring perpetrators to justice and send a message that such behavior will not be tolerated.

By taking these actions, individuals and communities can work together to prevent atrocities such as these from happening. Faith in Love has also set up a community fund that will assist the families of the victims through this tremendously difficult time. In support and solidarity with our fellow LBT community that has saw violence, there will also be new programs that address safety and mental health. If you wish to make a donation, please click here. Please remark “Diamond Hill” if you would like to specifically support the friends and family of the victims.

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