Galop provides advice and support to people who have experienced hate crime because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Hate crime can include verbal or written abuse, harassment and violence.
Galop can give you a space to talk, help you get what you want from the police, negotiate with your housing provider or find you legal advice. If you want the police to know, we can make a report for you and liaise with the police on your behalf. If you prefer, you can make a report anonymously.
Galop provides help to lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) people experiencing any type of abuse, so you can also get in touch if you have experienced domestic abuse, sexual violence, or any other safety problem.
For help with online abuse, you can also check out our Stop Online Abuse website.
What is homophobia?
What is biphobia?
Biphobia is a prejudicial attitude toward bisexual people. It includes the belief that bisexual people are confused, greedy, deceitful, promiscuous or spread disease. It is linked with ‘bisexual erasure/ invisibility’, where the needs of bisexual people are downplayed or their existence is denied altogether. Biphobia can be perpetrated by lesbian and gay people as well as heterosexual people.
Homophobia is a prejudicial attitude against people who are attracted to people of the same gender, including lesbian, gay and bisexual people. It can include the belief that LGB people are deviant, unhealthy, damage society, should hide their identity, are humorous or deserve ridicule. Homophobia against women can manifest as stereotypes about masculine behaviour, dress, personality or lifestyle. Also, unwanted sexual questions, advances, or sexual assault including ‘corrective rape’. Homophobia against men can include prejudicial stereotypes about behaving in a feminine way, assuming someone is sexual attraction to all men, conflation with paedophilia, and expressions of disgust about sex between men.
What is transphobia?
Transphobia is a prejudicial attitude against trans people. It is an intolerance of gender diversity and includes the belief that there are two rigidly defined genders and that everyone should retain the gender they are assigned at birth. It can also be viewed as the enforcement of social rules about how people should express their gender. Common expressions of transphobia include purposely mis-gendering someone (not using their preferred pronoun), refusal of goods or services (such as access to changing rooms) and sexualised or generally unwanted touching or attention.