n Wednesday, the 1st of February, Rainbow Newport organised an event at the Riverfront to promote the LGBT+ community and make known the existing hate crime against LGBT people today.
The event included several workshops, speakers and panels of politicians who debated the action needed to protect the LGBT community in the near future. There was also a talk on a recent project, where amateur filmmakers created short films in order to show what it's like to be an LGBT person in today's society.
The event was comprised of several LGBT groups including Umbrella, Stonewall, Unity LGBT Centre, SEWREC, Communities First, Pride Cymru and many more.
The Police and Crime Commissionaire were also in attendance at the event, and they were accompanied by others such as Aneurin Bevan, Newport City Homes and Newport City Radio.
The speakers spoke about the rise in Hate Crime statistics since the referendum and election of Donald Trump. They also raised awareness of issues LGBT people may be facing such as STDs and HIV.
Thankfully, everyone who took part and attended the event agreed that we should have similar events in the future to awareness and funding for the cause.
A big thank you has to go to Adam Smith for organising the event and wanting to talk to all reporters and attendees at the event, even though he was rushed off his feet.
We'll be publishing a more in-depth analysis of the event soon, so keep your eyes peeled.