We aim to support professionals to keep our communities safe from anti-LGBTI hate crime and hate speech and to raise awareness among our communities
We offer practical help for professionals to understand hate crime and hate speech
We raise awareness among LGBTI communities about hate crime and hate speech
We inform governments and institutions, professionals and the larger society about hate crime and hate speech
Hate crimes are criminal offences that are motivated by prejudice towards particular groups of people. They affect not only individuals, but entire communities. Certain communities are disproportionately targeted, because of their race, religion, sexual orientation, gender or other characteristics.
In every European country, perpetrators target lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people because of negative opinions, stereotypes, intolerance or hatred towards their sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression and/or sex characteristics.
According to research conducted by the European Fundamental Rights Agency in 2012, one in ten LGBT people had experienced violence in the year preceding the study. A majority of those (59%) believed that the last attack or threat of violence happened because they were LGBT.
The scale of hate crime against LGBTI people and its impact are underestimated and neglected because it is not recognised, reported or recorded. When victims do not report, it is often because they feel the police would not do anything or because they are worried about negative reactions.
According to the FRA survey, an EU average of about half of the respondents – in some countries up to two thirds – avoid places for fear of anti-LGBTI harassment and violence. Also about half (EU average) avoid being out at work.
The adoption of LGBTI hate crime legislation is uneven across the EU. The same crime may lead to very different penalties in different Member States. What EU countries have in common is that (to a smaller or larger extent) anti-LGBT hate crime is underreported.
When victims don’t report, it’s often because they feel police wouldn’t do anything or because they fear the reaction from the police.
LGBT people in the UK are protected from homophobic, biphobic or transphobic violence and abuse. There are no specific offences covering anti-LGBT hate crime. Instead, hate crime against LGBT people is dealt with by the police and legal system by arresting and charging the perpetrator for their crime; for example, if you were assaulted by the perpetrator, they might be arrested and charged with assault. The homophobic, biphobic or transphobic element would then be an ‘aggravating factor’ that the court should consider in the sentence if the perpetrator is found guilty. A crime driven by anti-LGBT prejudice should lead to an increased sentence. ”
Read more about the particular legal situation and the needs of the LGBTI community in the United Kingdom on the website of Galop:
EU law defines illegal hate speech as public incitement to violence or hatred directed to groups or individuals on the basis of certain characteristics. Hate speech encourages a climate of intolerance in which hate crime can thrive. We want to raise awareness among our communities about anti-LGBTI hate speech, including online.
Read more about hate speech in the United Kingdom on the website of Galop:
This website is an initiative of partner organisations from nine different European countries. All organisations are connected to the LGBTI communities in their respective countries, and have experience on the topic of hate crime and hate speech that they wish to put into the service of their communities and of professional stakeholders.