Online hate widespread against LGBT+ people, as 8 in 10 LGBT+ people report having experienced online hate to Galop
LGBT+ people face high levels of online abuse according to research by Galop, the leading LGBT+ anti-violence charity. The findings of this report, drawn from a survey of 700 LGBT+ people in the UK, show that:
- 8 in 10 LGBT+ 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 LGBT+ 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.
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.
Galop is the UK’s 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.