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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