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Stories

Galop works with thousands of LGBT+ people experiencing abuse every year. Here are the stories of just a few of them.

Kristina and Magda

Kristina and Magda faced abuse from a family living next door. The neighbours insulted them for being a lesbian couple loudly from their balcony.

Rahim

Rahim is a 55 year-old gay man living in East London. Rahim had been living with his partner Rex for 4 years. …

Brianna

Brianna was 16 and had recently come out as lesbian when she was sexually assaulted by a man she met at a party.

Malachi

Malachi contacted Galop after reporting being raped by a male acquaintance that they had met online.

Tanya

Tanya was a lesbian in her 50’s living in London. She had recently broken up with her female partner Beth of 3 years.  …

Ben

Ben was attacked by a group of men. They laughed at him and called him a homophobic slur before assaulting him with a brick. Ben had to go to hospital for his injuries. …

Aisha

Aisha was facing transphobic harassment on social media. People created groups to insult her, out her and share pre-transition photos.

Nelson

Nelson was 17 when he was referred to Galop after prolonged abuse from his family and church because they suspected he was gay.

Vanessa

Vanessa arrived in the UK from South America aged 31 and was placed in a male immigration hostel, as she had not felt safe to disclose that she was a trans woman.

Abdulah

Abdulah first contacted Galop through our LGBT+ Hate Crime Helpline. He was nervous and asked to speak to us anonymously initially.

Safiye

Safiye emailed Galop to say "my parents are abusing me because I am a lesbian. I am very scared. I don’t know what to do anymore."…

Amber

Amber was 18 when they contacted Galop because they felt like things kept getting worse in their relationship.

Kiran

Kiran contacted the National LGBT+ Domestic Abuse Helpline for advice and support around their relationship.

Dan

Dan came to Galop after a number of distressing chemsex experiences.