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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
It is possible for graffiti, stickering or fly posting to be punished as anti-social behaviour with an ‘on the spot fine’.
Homophobic, transphobic or generally abusive graffiti might appear on the front of your home or communal areas of buildings such as stairwells or lifts.
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?”.
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.
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.
There are some things you can do to make your home or business less attractive to graffiti writers.
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.
A diary sheet is a form you can use to record details about an ongoing problem where you live.
Hopefully the problem won’t last long, but if it does, its easy to forget things that happened months before.
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
The Galop diary sheet (downloadable here) includes a column to write about any impacts of the incident on you.
The last column on the Galop diary sheet (downloadable here) lets you record whether you reported it to anyone.
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.
Every council provides different services but the following lists things you can reasonably expect from your local council
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.
Some complaints get resolved quickly but others drag on for a long time.
It is worth checking the council’s website for details about how they handle complaints and how long it should take them to respond.
The Local Government Ombudsman is an independent organisation which investigates complaints about councils.
Councils have lots of rules about things they can or can’t do and restrictions on how they should make decisions.
The process of complaining can be draining, especially if it goes on for a long time.
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!
Saturday 25 Aug will be a great day of cabaret and entertainment with our friends at Halfway 2 Heaven bar, raising funds for Galop.
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.
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.
This summer London is hosting a number of hugely high profile events, including the Olympics and World Pride.
Today Galop submitted our response to the Government’s consultation response on equal marriage. We supported the introduction of marriage for same-sex couples, however we strongly argued that religious institutions should not be prevented from holding marriages for same-sex couples where they wish to do so. You can read our full reponse here.
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