LGBT+ bullying, harassment and hate crime

Everyone has the right to be treated fairly, equally and be respected. 

This includes:

  • Receiving the same quality of service

  • Equal access to jobs and opportunities

  • Respect for your private life

  • Freedom of expression


If your rights are ignored because you’re LGBT+, this could be a hate crime or incident.

What is a hate crime?
A hate crime is when someone commits a criminal offence (e.g. assault, stalking, and harassment) because of someone else’s race, religion, disability, sexuality, or gender identity. Hate crimes are illegal and should be reported to the police.

What is a hate incident?
A hate incident is any incident motivated by negative feelings towards someone’s race, religion, sexuality, disability or gender identity. Hate incidents can come in many forms and may not be a crime, but if you feel like you’ve been targeted because you’re LGBT+ then you should report it.

How do I report a hate crime or a hate incident?
You can report hate crime and find more information on hate crimes and incidents at or You can also report a hate crime by calling the police on 101. Always call 999 if you are in immediate danger.

Why should I report a hate crime or incident?
Hate crimes and incidents can be confusing and frightening but by reporting them when they happen, you may be able to prevent something similar happening to someone else.

Staffordshire Police are an LGBT+ friendly police force. If you’re nervous about talking to the police, get in touch with us and we can support you.

Bullying in education venues

Being bullied can really get you down and sometimes you can feel alone. It’s important to make the brave decision to tell someone so they can help and support you. You can speak to someone you trust; this could be a teacher, a youth worker or your family.

All education venues have an anti-bullying policy that they have to act on. They also have a safeguarding team who look after students’ safety – it’s a good idea to talk to them if you feel comfortable to do so.

Discrimination at work


The Equality Act 2010 protects LGBT+ people from discrimination at work and all businesses and organisations that employ people have to follow these laws.
If you’ve been treated unfairly because of your sexuality or gender identity then your employer is breaking these laws. 

You can try and solve a problem informally first by speaking to your manager or HR. If that doesn’t work, you may want to lodge a formal complaint (known as ‘raising a grievance’) with your employer, use mediation or take legal action. If you have a trade union you may wish to speak to them or you can contact Citizen’s Advice who can advise you of your rights.

Things to do if discrimination is happening to you or someone you know: 


  • Take screenshots and save messages to show what has happened

  • Tell someone in a position of authority what is happening, so that they can act on it

  • Don’t get pulled into an argument or mirror their behaviour

  • Make sure the person it is happening to feels supported

  • Don’t forget to report it