Homophobic, Biphobic or Transphobic motivated hate incidents

A homophobic, biphobic or transphobic hate incident is defined as

"Any incident which is perceived by the victim or any other person, to be motivated by a hostility or prejudice based on a person's sexual orientation or gender identity."

This means that a hate incident is when anyone feels they have been picked on or targeted because they are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT). This can also be called Homophobia, Biphobia or Transphobia.

Who can I report an LGBT hate incident to?

If you have experienced a hate incident please talk to someone straight away who will act to support and help protect you. For example, you can contact a police officer, teacher, housing officer or employer.

Brighton & Hove residents can report hate crime to the community safety team helpline 01273 292735. The helpline is open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm (not including public holidays) and run by the community safety team, a partnership jointly run by Brighton & Hove City Council and Sussex Police. 

In an emergency call 999

Find out more about reporting LGB and Transphobic hate incidents on the safe in the city website.

Making an anonymous report and getting support and advice

LGBT Switchboard

If you want someone to report on your behalf or want to speak to someone before you make a report, talk in confidence to Brighton & Hove LGBT Switchboard. They will always respect your privacy.

Making a report anonymously

You can make anonymous reports to the police online at www.report-it.org.ukTrue Vision’ self reporting packs are available in LGBT venues, police stations, council offices and libraries throughout the city.

LGBT Police Officers

01273 665502

Sussex police have a have a dedicated LGBT Liaison Team in Brighton & Hove. You can watch their video blogs to find out a bit about what they do and contact them on the Sussex Police website.

The LGBT Police Officers work closely with cases of LGBT hate crime, ensuring it is dealt with appropriately and keeping victims updated and offering support when required. They can also offer support and advice to victims and witnesses through the criminal justice process. These dedicated LGBT Police Officers will assist with sensitive and appropriate police enquiries.

LGBT Community Safety Officer

Call 01273 294638

The LGBT Community Safety Officer is part of the Partnership Community Safety Team

Local LGBT advice services

Find out more about local advice services for the LGBT community in Brighton & Hove.