Unwanted pressure to have sex, being given drugs and/or alcohol that lessen your ability to consent to sex, and unwelcome touching of your body in a sexual manner are all types of sexual abuse.
You might be worried that police won’t take LGBT sexual abuse seriously, or that you’ll be outed if you report abuse.
Galop can help you find the support that you need, whether that’s assistance with reporting a crime or helping you to feel safer where you live.
If you’ve recently experienced an assault, a Haven can talk to you about having a medical exam, collecting evidence, and keeping yourself safe.
We know that you can’t seperate yourself into your gender identity, your sexuality and your race.
If you’re out and about on the gay scene and you experience racism, Galop can help support you and, if you want, help you to report your experiences to the police.
It can be really difficult to think about involving outside people if you are experiencing doemstic abuse. Talking to our speciaist worker can help you think through your options, without having to committ to taking any action before you are ready.
It may be that someone has found evidence of your sexuality or gender identity on the internet, such as Facebook or Gaydar, or perhaps that you have been spotted leaving a club or a known cruising ground.
If you feel that you have been treated unfairly by the police, Galop can help.
You can speak to Galop about any of the issues discussed in this factsheet. If you prefer, you do not have to tell us your name. You can contact a caseworker on the Shoutline, or using our interactive chat room on our webiste. The caseworker will listen to what you have to say and suggest […]
We can offer you a service whatever your immigration status. We are not interested in whether you have leave to remain or if you are an overstayer; we are here to help you make choices about how to keep yourself safe.
In some cases you might risk homelessness if you make a complaint, for example if the complaint is againt your partner or family that you live with. We can work jointly with Stonewall Housing (an LGBT oranisation which offers housing advice), and we can link you in to advice to help you with this.
In some situations people enter marriages without disclosing to their husband or wife to be that they are also attracted to the people who are the same sex as them. Or they may be forced into a marriage.
It is against the law to have sex in a public toilet and you risk being arrested for cottaging regardless of whether you are being discreet or not.
Police guidelines on cruising grounds advise that the police should only respond to complaints from the public and not mount proactive operations to stop men cruising.
If you’re found cottaging or having sex in a public place where you could be seen by others, you risk being arrested.
Some cruising grounds are safer than others and you should look out for warnings posted on sites such as Squirt.
If you or someone else is attacked it’s important to tell someone about what has happened so you can get help and alert others to the danger.
Until October 2009 it was possible to have the above convictions ‘stepped down’ from your records so they were no longer disclosed by the police to your employer.
Galop’s trans survey for voluntary sector organisations. What are your views about trans inclusivity? What challenges do you face? What help do you need?
“Nothing About Me Without Me” We’re hosting a series of discussions to explore some of the issues around transphobia, the availability (or not) of trans friendly services, and how the world you live in impacts upon your life. We will use what you say to shape how Galop works with all trans people in the […]
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Report any LGBT hate crime you have experienced or witnessed here. You may remain anonymous and your details will not be passed to the police unless you wish them to be. You may fill in the online form below or download a PDF copy to print out and send back to us if you prefer. […]
Domestic abuse is any kind of threatening behaviour, violence, or abuse between people who have been intimate partners or family members.
The London LGBT Domestic Abuse Partnership (DAP) is a way for LGBT victims/survivors of domestic abuse to get the maximum amount of help with a minimum amount of hassle.
Due to our current set-up we are unable to take on volunteers for ongoing office-based roles. However, if you feel you could offer your time or skills on an ad hoc basis we would love to add you to our pool of volunteers who we can call on for one-off events or projects. Find out […]
Galop has provided over 25 years of advice, support, research and lobbying around the issues of LGBT policing. Reflecting back on this history proves an inspiration in how far the gay communities (and the police) have come since the early days of intimidation and fear.
You can browse through Galop’s past and recent Annual Reports and download copies here.
Galop relies on funding to ensure that we can continue to work to challenge homophobic and transphobic hate crime across London. Currently we are funded by the following bodies: www.londoncouncils.gov.uk www.cityparochial.org.uk www.hlf.org.uk www.cjsonline.gov.uk www.saferlondonfoundation.org
Galop has a small but hard-working staff team whose roles encompass a wide variety of duties and projects.
These are Galop’s main publications and research documents. You can view or download most of them as PDF by clicking the links. We do have some hard copies available on request. Please let us know your requirements and we will do our best to help.
This is a list of organisations which may be of general interest to lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender people. It is not a comprehensive list so if you feel your organisation is missing please contact us and we will do our best to add your details. Please note we have no control over content of […]
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