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How to report homophobia you see online

Mon 17th May is International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia

Written by Liv Grady

May 14, 2021

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If you didn’t already know, Monday 17th May marks the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, a very important date in the Queer calendar. Although society may have come on in leaps and bounds over the last few years, Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia is still rife, especially online.

By starting a discussion and learning from one another we can start to break down the stigmas. This should be a mission for every day, but the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, is a reminder that we still need to work harder to promote not only inclusion but equality.

Hate crimes don’t only happen in forms of obvious physical violence or destruction, they can also take place online to.

We have been working with UK charity, Stop Hate UK, an organisation dedicated to stopping hate crime. Take a look below and discover how to spot and report discrimination against Gay, Bi or Trans people online.

HOW TO SPOT AN ONLINE HATE CRIME AGAINST A Gay, Bi or Trans Person

  • Online content can be illegal if it is seen to threaten or harass a person.
  • If something is posted because of hatred towards on race, religion, sexual orientation, disability or gender identity then it is considered to be a hate crime.
  • This crime can be portrayed through pictures, videos or descriptions that glorify violence against a disabled person, or social media comments where people are encouraging others to commit hate crimes.

HOW TO REPORT AN ONLINE HATE CRIME

  • Take screenshots of your evidence in case the police need to take it further
  • Use the ‘reporting’ buttons on social media to get the post removed
  • Discuss the topic with a professional. If you are unsure if someone has broken the law, contact Stop Hate UK for a confidential discussion
  • Report it to the police

Wanna find out more about Stop Hate UK? Meet the Chief Executive, Rose Simkins.