Galop Hate Crime Law Consultation Submission

Galop are pleased to share our submission to the Law Commission, suggesting how to remedy problems with hate crime laws. LGBT+ people face high levels of violence and abuse driven by hostility. Home Office figures show that anti-LGBT+ hate crime has, for the second year running, risen at twice the rate of other forms of…

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Trans Privacy Law

Printable PDF This page answers some questions about legal protections for the privacy of trans people who give their information to services. If it doesn’t answer your specific question, call us for confidential advice on 020 7704 204. Galop is London’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans anti-violence charity. Your right to privacy Everyone has the right…

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Disregarding Offences

Printable PDF On 1 October 2012, the Home Office introduced guidance which allows people in England and Wales with some historical convictions and cautions for consensual gay sex to apply to have those offences removed from their records. This section explains the recent changes in the law and how to make an application. Compiled with…

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DBS and Gender Identity

This section provides some guidance for trans people who have been required to have a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check. What Is A DBS Check? If you apply for certain jobs such as teaching, care work and other positions (including voluntary work) where you may work with children or vulnerable adults, your prospective employer is…

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Previous Convictions and DBS

This section tells you about changes to the sexual offences laws and how these affect previous convictions for offences which have now been decriminalised. It gives advice on what can and cannot be disclosed in a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.  If you are trans and would like more information about how to protect yourself…

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Laws That Cover Hate Crime

Printable PDF This section explains how the law can protect LGBT+ people from different forms of abuse. This resource has been compiled with assistance from Pink Law and School of Law, Queen Mary, University of London: Breanne Becker, Frances Ridout, Gabriella Denlew, Julie Pinborough, Karl Laird, Michael Southern-Augustine. What is a homophobic, biphobic or transphobic…

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Cottaging & Cruising

Printable PDF This section tells you about cottaging, cruising & the law, keeping safe when cruising and what to do if you are a victim of a crime. Produced with support from the Pink Triangle Trust. Cruising grounds are open spaces where men look for consensual sex with other men, such as parks or lay-bys; these…

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Police Warnings, Cautions & Fines

Printable PDF This section gives some information about police warnings, cautions, fines and whether you need to tell an employer about them. If you are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender and want confidential advice about your situation you can call Galop on 020 7704 2040. If your question does not relate in some way to…

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Police Complaints

Printable PDF If you’ve had a bad experience with the police, this section explains how to  make an official complaint. If you feel you have been treated badly by the police in any way Galop can help you to make an official complaint.  We will take the details of your complaint and pass it to…

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Arrest, Stop & Search

Printable PDF Your Rights If You’ve Been Arrested Or Stopped By The Police This section provides advice if you have been stopped or arrested by the police.  If you have been warned, cautioned or given a penalty notice by the police, you should read the section on Other Police Charges. You can contact Galop if you…

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Our hate crime casework service can give you advice, support and help if you experience homophobia, transphobia or biphobia. Click for more

Domestic abuse is any kind of threatening behaviour, violence, or abuse between people who have been intimate partners or family members. Click for more

Galop provides confidential and independent advice and support for LGBT+ people who have experienced sexual assault, abuse or violence. Click for more