Iceland Cultural Story: Combating LGBT Hate Crimes (LISTEN)

We covered Iceland Airwaves Music Festival and other cultural stories over the fall semester. Read about our adventures via our Iceland Airwaves 2016 page and tune into WCRX-FM for our final Radio Documentary on January 14th at 10 a.m. CT (livestream here) and during the encore presentation on January 15th at 10 a.m. CT. In the meantime, hear this cultural story that was produced while we were in Iceland.

Hate crimes have been on the rise in the United States, with the tragic June 12, 2016 shooting at the gay night club, Pulse, in Orlando where 49 people lost their lives. The attack, a retaliation against the LGBTQ+ community, brought large scale attention to the community. However, many hate crime incidents go unreported, so it is impossible to know a concrete number of how many have been afflicted or discriminated against. This is an issue that is seen all over the world, including Iceland. I spoke with Audar Magndis Audardóttir, the director of Samtokin ’78, and Eyrún Ethorsdóttir, the police detective chief inspector at the Reykjavík Metropolitan Police Department who heads up the hate crime pilot program about their work to combat hate crimes.

Tune in on January 14 and January 15 at 10 a.m. to hear my final on Muslim xenophobia in Iceland, and how it correlates to the United States, especially after the election of Donald Trump.

Lawyer Helga Helgadóttir said she wishes more would be done about the way hate crime cases against Muslims are handled.

About Erin Brown

Columbia College Chicago multimedia photojournalism major. Photo editor at the Columbia Chronicle. Concert photographer for Music Existence and former contributing writer for Atwood Magazine.
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