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Homophobic bullying

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.