Archive | 2012

Old Convictions Update

Galop client, John Crawford, has been speaking to the BBC about his experiences to overturn a conviction from the 1950s, before sex between two men was decriminalised in 1967. We can also help others in a similar position.

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Autumn newsletter

This autumn we’re delighted to be sharing news about a new way to right past wrongs, and our work to improve our futures, by improving communication and consent between men.

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Do What You Both Want

We’ve launched a brand new campaign that aims to promote honest, clear communication around sex between guys. With specially commissioned images from amazing photographer Del LaGrace Volcano, let’s start being honest about what’s happening and changing how we deal with our communication and behaviour so sex can be good for everyone!

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Hate Crime Awareness Week

13 – 19 Oct marks the first Hate Crime Awareness Week to raise awareness of Hate Crime and encourage people to do something local to tackle local Hate Crime issues.

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Supporting Trans Survivors Survey

Make sure your voice is heard: the LGBT Domestic Abuse Forum, in partnership with Gender Matters, Gendered Intelligence, Broken Rainbow and Galop, are holding a conference on improving services for trans* survivors of domestic abuse, and we want your thoughts to inform the debate.

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Dealing With Homophobic & Transphobic Graffiti and Literature

This section describes what we can all do to tackle homophobic or transphobic graffiti or campaign literature and sources of help if you are being targeted.

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Out In Public

If you see homophobic or transphobic graffiti, stickers, leaflets or posters in a public place like the street and want to do something about it

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Homophobic or transphobic campaigns

Homophobic or transphobic campaigns by people who feel they represent a political or religious view can be hurtful whether it takes the form of stickers, posters, graffiti slogans in the street or a leaflet through your letter box.

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What The Law Says

It is possible for graffiti, stickering or fly posting to be punished as anti-social behaviour with an ‘on the spot fine’.

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At Home

Homophobic, transphobic or generally abusive graffiti might appear on the front of your home or communal areas of buildings such as stairwells or lifts.

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Telling The Police

The police are not able to take action unless people report homophobia or transphobia. You can call our casework team for a confidential discussion about reporting options or read our fact sheet, “Why Report?”.

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Preserve and Record

To be able to take action, the police need to find out who did it.

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Telling The Council

You can report graffiti to your local council by calling their main telephone number and asking to speak to the department that deals with graffiti.

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Cleaning It Yourself

In some situations the local council will not send someone to clean it. That usually happens when it’s on a home property but not visible from the street or on a business property.

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Preventing Grafitti in Future

There are some things you can do to make your home or business less attractive to graffiti writers.

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A Guide To Diary Sheets

This section answers some questions about keeping diary sheets to record hate crime, abuse or anti social behaviour happening where you live. If it doesn’t answer your specific question or you want to talk about your situation, call Galop in confidence on 020 7704 2040.

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What Are Diary Sheets?

A diary sheet is a form you can use to record details about an ongoing problem where you live.

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What’s The Point?

Hopefully the problem won’t last long, but if it does, its easy to forget things that happened months before.

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Some General Pointers

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What Should I Include?

Organisations often ask you to fill in their own diary sheets and you fill it in as they have requested. However it might also be useful to include the following

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Writing About How It Affected You

The Galop diary sheet (downloadable here) includes a column to write about any impacts of the incident on you.

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Reporting it

The last column on the Galop diary sheet (downloadable here) lets you record whether you reported it to anyone.

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Solving Problems With Council Services

Councils provide a variety of services to help people who experience hate crime, domestic abuse or problems with neighbours. This section gives some information about how to complain about councils when they get things wrong.

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What can the council do about safety problems?

Every council provides different services but the following lists things you can reasonably expect from your local council

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Complaining informally

A good starting point is to talk with the manager of the person or team you are unhappy with. They might be able to solve the problem, explain something you didn’t understand or apologise without the hassle of making a written complaint.

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Get a second opinion

Some complaints get resolved quickly but others drag on for a long time.

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Making a formal complaint

It is worth checking the council’s website for details about how they handle complaints and how long it should take them to respond.

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Taking it further – the ombudsman

The Local Government Ombudsman is an independent organisation which investigates complaints about councils.

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Hints And Tips

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Getting legal help

Councils have lots of rules about things they can or can’t do and restrictions on how they should make decisions.

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Help from politicians

Your local politician may be able to help too.

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Taking care of yourself

The process of complaining can be draining, especially if it goes on for a long time.

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Ye Greate Galop Treasure Hunte

Grab your mates and maps on Sat 15 Sept, and go buccaneering through the nooks and crannies of Soho and the West End solving clues to raise money for Galop…it’s fun AND fundraising!

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Halfway 2 Heaven Fundraiser

Saturday 25 Aug will be a great day of cabaret and entertainment with our friends at Halfway 2 Heaven bar, raising funds for Galop.

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Summer Newsletter

With the much-anticipated summer 2012 upon us, our latest newsletter issue features some good news Olympics stories as well as lots more about what we’re up to.

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Staying Safe This Summer

This summer London is hosting a number of hugely high profile events, including the Olympics and World Pride. This means that as Londoners we’ll be welcoming loads of visitors to our city. This is a positive time of celebration for all of us, and there is no reason to be concerned that there will be any rise in hate crime during this time.

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Your Safety This Summer

This summer London is hosting a number of hugely high profile events, including the Olympics and World Pride.

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Staying Safe at Large Events

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What if I experience abuse or harassment because of my identity?

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Policing Matters

There will be a large police/security presence around large events and transport hubs and we hope this will contribute to everyone having a safe and happy time.

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