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Liverpool teenagers tackle hate crime
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Homotopia hold a Liverpool wide event each November

Merseyside teenagers have been advising the government on how they should best tackle bullying and hate crime.

Project Triangle, a social justice initiative run by Liverpool's Homotopia group has developed an education pack and DVD for use in schools.

The project has won the backing of the National Union of Teachers and Merseyside Police.

Homotopia hope that the scheme, which currently targets Merseyside schools, will be rolled out nationally.

Homotopia organise Liverpool's annual lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender festival which takes place each November.

"Bullying and hate crime is endemic in the country," Bev Ayre, Homotopia Development Director told BBC Radio Merseyside.

"What this project tries to do is tackle differences and the fact that from difference comes bullying usually.

Our pack is an anti-bullying pack, and what it does is it teaches what a hate crime is
Bev Ayre, Homotopia, Development Director

"I don't think Merseyside is any worse than anywhere else in the country.

"This is a very Liverpool project and one of the reasons we went down to London was to show the good work that's coming out of Liverpool.

"And it proves that Liverpool is a very open, tolerant and inclusive society - that we're prepared to tackle these things head on."

The education pack was created by Project Triangle after workshops with Merseyside Police, and a trip to Poland by young lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Merseysiders.

The pack includes lessons about bullying and the murder of Michael Causer, which campaigners claim was a homophobic attack.

"Our pack is an anti-bullying pack and what it does is it teaches what a hate crime is," Bev Ayre said.

"A lot of people aren't aware that if you commit any crime but it is aggravated or motivated by hate and that is towards anybody - that might be black, might be gay, might be disabled, might be from a different faith - different in those sort of ways.

"Then that has an extra sentence and penalty to it."




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