NSW Police told the inquiry that despite internal efforts, “homophobic or transphobic sentiments have not been eliminated entirely from the force, or from society more generally”.
The inquiry was announced in September to investigate LGBTI hate crimes which took place between 1970 and 2010.
“The focus of many of these violent attacks was in, and around, Marks Park. This memorial will help acknowledge and heal the trauma these events have caused for the families of the victims as well as the LGBTI community”
Of the 88 cases between 1976 and 2000 reviewed in a recent report, 63 were declared solved, 23 remain unsolved, and two were not reviewed.
While almost 95 per cent of young gay people surveyed had been victims of hate crimes, only 10 per cent of the crimes had been reported.