Homophobic and transphobic hate crimes are criminal offences (e.g., assault) which is perceived by the victim or any other person to be motivated (wholly or partly) by malice and ill-will based on the victim’s sexual orientation (in the case of homophobic hate crimes) or transgender identity (in the case of transphobic hate crimes). 
'Trans' or 'transgender' are terms for people whose gender identity does not correspond with their birth gender. The terms 'transgender' is used in, and the concept of ‘transgender identity’ recognised by the hate crime legislation and include references to being transsexual, or undergoing, proposing to undergo, or having undergone a process or part of a process of gender reassignment. It now also includes ‘a female-to-male transgender person’ and ‘a male-to-female transgender person’. 

It also includes non-binary people as they are currently protected by the existing definition’s use of ‘any other gender identity that is not standard male or female gender identity’. 

Variations in sex characteristics relate to diverse physical and biological characteristics of the body, whereas transgender identity relates to a person’s gender identity.
LGBT Youth Scotland is Scotland’s national charity for LGBT+ young people, working with 13–25-year-olds across the country. 

Stonewall stands for LGBT+ people everywhere, imagining a world where all LGBT+ people are free to be themselves and can live their lives to the full.

Scottish Trans works to improve gender identity and gender reassignment equality, rights and inclusion in Scotland.

Learn more about The University of Edinburgh’s support and guidance for students who have experienced any forms of discrimination.

The Advice Place is run by the Student's Association and is a third party crime reporting site. If you are a victim of a crime, they can support you.

You can call 999 in an emergency to speak to Police or 101 for non-emergencies. If not an emergency, but you wish to report something, you can report online

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