Campaigners believe the statistics could be the “tip of the iceberg” with the majority of victims not feeling safe in reporting their experiences to the authorities.
LGBT charity Stonewall is now calling for a full review into hate crime legislation saying that it falls behind on trans and other LGBT issues.
Stonewall says two in five (41 per cent) of trans people have experienced a hate crime because of their gender identity in the past 12 months, with that figure shooting up to 53 per cent for young trans people aged between 18 and 24.
The new research conducted by YouGov on behalf of the charity, also found that four in five (79 per cent) of trans people did not report their crimes due to a perceived lack of support or fear of further discrimination.
Trans people are twice as likely to be victim of a hate crime than other members of the LGBT community, with Stonewall reporting that one in five LGBT people overall have experienced a hate crime in the past year.
Figures also show that the volume of transphobic hate crime referrals from the police decreased by 11 per cent from 98 in 2015-2016 to 87 in 2016-2017.
Charlie Craggs, a leading trans activist, author and founder of the Nail Transphobia group, told The Independent she had “lost count” of the number of times she and her trans friends had experienced a hate crime but not reported it.
“There’s no much faith in the police within our community,” she said. “They have a history of transphobia and having to go to a police station and be misgendered, judged or treated like you brought this on yourself is the last thing you feel like doing. It’s not like much is…