Young people launch video to combat hate crime in Hertfordshire

24 May 2018

Young people working with YC Hertfordshire, part of Hertfordshire County Council, launched a video at Hertfordshire Constabulary Headquarters on the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, to encourage the reporting of hate crime.

The video was created by young people from the Who Not What group of LGBTQ young people, supported by YC Hertfordshire. It depicts a young person who is targeted because of her sexuality and, subsequently, is supported by a Hate Crime Officer to report the crime.

 

The group of 18 and 19-year-olds created the video, following a successful bid for money from the Big Lottery Reaching Communities Fund in 2016. The money is designated to improve and promote services and support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young people in Hertfordshire.

Back in October the young people put their heads together to come up with an idea for a film and from there created a script and story boards. They then were involved in the filming, making amendments and changes as the story developed. Following filming they met with the production company to edit the film.

In 2016, YC Hertfordshire successfully bid for £165,000 from the Big Lottery Reaching Communities Fund, over 3 years. The money will be partly used to fund three videos, with the aim of increasing the confidence and emotional wellbeing of young people, as well as increase confidence in reporting incidents of victimization.

Daisy, a member of Who Not What, who attended the launch of the video, said: “We made the hate crime film because it is an important issue and the actual process of reporting hate incidents is rarely addressed or talked about so it was great to be able to make something creative that also made light of an important issue. I thought the launch was amazing; it was so great to see so many members of the police force come out in solidarity with the LGBT community.

“We started to come up with the script and storyboard back in October 2017! It was a learning curve for all of us as we didn’t realise there were so many steps and things to think about when making a film.”

Cllr Teresa Heritage, Executive Member for Childrens Service at the County Council said – the County Council seeks to ensure equality across all its services. Working with the young LGBTQ community is really important to us, that is why our youth service runs 11 LGBTQ groups and 3 transgender groups across Hertfordshire to supporting the physical and emotional needs of the young people.”

Hertfordshire Constabulary’s Chief Constable Charlie Hall said: “IDAHOBiT Day is a significant date on the LGBT+ calendar and we are proud to recognise it by raising the rainbow flag and hosting the premier of this important film.  We are committed to providing the best service to all our diverse communities and the LGBT community is an important part of this.”

 

For more information on projects and programmes for LGBTQ young people, visit http://www.youngprideinherts.org/