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LGBT+ bullying, harassment and hate crimes


A recent report by Stonewall found that nearly half of LGBT pupils experience bullying, While homophobic abuse has declined in recent years, the research showed that 64% of transgender pupils have been subject to bullying. We thought we’d share some advice and information around the topic of LGBT+ bullying, harassment and hate crimes.


I’m being bullied and don’t know what to do.

Being bullied can really get you down and sometimes you can feel alone. It’s important to make the brave decision to tell someone - by telling someone that you are being bullied so they can help and support you. You can speak to a teacher or trusted adult, a youth worker, your parents, family or even your best friend.

Don’t delete anything that you receive from a bully as it is evidence that the bullying is taking place. Taking a screenshot or a photo of bullying on social media will also provide proof of the bullying if the bully attempts to delete or edit what has been said.

It’s also important not to engage with the bully. It can be hard, but don’t allow yourself to stoop to the bully’s level. Walking away and getting help makes you the bigger person.

Bullying is scary but what you need to remember is that you’re not alone and there are people who can and will help you.

How do I support someone else who is getting bullied because of their sexuality and/or gender identity?

The most important thing to do is listen to the person who is getting bullied and be there to support them. Sometimes being able to talk about things is all someone needs to lift their spirits. If you can, tell what is happening to someone in a position of authority so that they can act on it and stop the bullying.

What is a hate incident?

A Hate Incident is any incident which the victim, or anyone else, thinks is based on someone’s prejudice towards them because of their race, religion, sexual orientation, disability or because they are transgender.

Hate incidents include being called names, bullying or had anything happen to them that you think may be because of one of these factors.

What is a hate crime?

A hate crime is when someone commits a criminal offence (e.g. assault, stalking, and harassment) because of their race, religion, sexual orientation, disability or gender identity. The definition of a hate crime is: "Any criminal offence which is perceived by the victim or any other person, to be motivated by hostility or prejudice based on a person's race or perceived race; religion or perceived religion; sexual orientation or perceived sexual orientation; disability or perceived disability and any crime motivated by hostility or prejudice against a person who is transgender or perceived to be transgender."

How do I report a hate crime incident?

You can report hate crime and find more information on hate crimes and incidents at www.report-it.org.uk. 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 hurt; they can be confusing and frightening. By reporting them when they happen to you, you may be able to prevent these incidents from happening to someone else. You will also help the police understand the extent of hate crime in your local area so they can better respond to it.

Hate crimes and incidents hurt; they can be confusing and frightening. By reporting them when they happen to you, you may be able to prevent these incidents from happening to someone else. You will also help the police understand the extent of hate crime in your local area so they can better respond to it.

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LGBT Stoke is a service provided by the Sexual Health Prevention Team from Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust