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New survey shows online hate widespread against LGBTQ+ people

Gscene Editorial Team February 13, 2020

Online hate widespread against LGBT+ people: 8 in 10 LGBT+ people have experienced online hate

LGBTQ+ people face high levels of online abuse according to research by Galop, the ​leading LGBTQ+ anti-violence charity.

Some of the shocking key findings of this report, drawn from a survey of 700 LGBTQ+ people in the UK, show that:

  • 8 in 10 LGBTQ+ people had experienced online abuse.
  • Among those targeted, 5 in 10 had experienced online hate more than 20 times. 1 in 5 had experienced more than 100 incidents.
  • 6 in 10 were threatened with physical violence, and 4 in 10 received death threats or threats of sexual violence.
  • As a result, 4 in 10 people used their online accounts less, while 2 in 10 removed LGBTQ+ information from their profiles or left social media sites altogether.
  • Less than half reported their experiences to social media platforms, and less than 1 in 10 reported to the police.

Read the full Galop hate crime report here: 

Nick Antjoule, Head of Hate Crime Services at Galop said:

“Despite progress on LGBT+ rights, online platforms remain hostile environments for many LGBT+ people. This report offers a sobering reminder of the harms caused by online hate. It targets individuals, poisons social discourse and limits opportunities to live open and fulfilled lives.

At Galop we value free speech. It is a cornerstone of our society that allows oppressed groups to speak up for our rights, even when we are considered dangerous, immoral or illegal. However, free speech is increasingly used as a fig leaf to legitimise hatred. To remedy that we hope this report will spur urgent action to create practical, legal, regulatory frameworks to tackle online hate and support those targeted.”

Nik Noone, Chief Executive of Galop said:

“Recorded anti-LGBT+ hate crime has doubled in the last three years. This is reflected in the escalating scale, severity and complexity of online hate cases we are supporting at Galop. We hope the findings and recommendations of this report will act as a springboard for action.

My thanks to Luke Hubbard for producing this report, Melanie Stray for designing the survey and the rest of the Galop team who work hard every day to make life safe, just and fair for LGBT+ people.”

Galop is the UK’s leading LGBT+ anti-violence charity. For the past 35 years we have been providing advice, support and advocacy to LGBT+ victims and campaigning to end anti-LGBT+ violence and abuse. Galop works within three key areas; hate crime, domestic abuse and sexual violence. Our purpose is to make life safe, just and fair for LGBT+ people. We work to help LGBT+ people achieve positive changes to their current situation, through practical and emotional support, to develop resilience and to build lives free from violence and abuse.