Homophobic bullying motivated by hostility or prejudice based on a person's actual or perceived sexual orientation can be considered to constitute hate incidents (Equality and Human Rights Commission 2009).
This can take many forms, including:
- Unwanted physical contact.
- Threatened or actual physical abuse or attack.
- Verbal abuse such as suggestive remarks, jokes or name calling.
- Display or distribution of offensive material or graffiti.
- Non-verbal abuse such as mimicry, offensive gestures or body language.