London is home to a large lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT+) community. LGBT+ people make a major contribution to our economy and culture, helping make London one of the most exciting cities in the world.
Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender
Supporting LGBT+ rights
The Mayor is a vocal supporter of LGBT+ Londoners’ rights and has worked against homophobic and transphobic exclusion and disadvantage.
The Mayor believes that we must continue to build strong, connected communities and ensure that every Londoner can share in the prosperity of our city. To achieve this, the Mayor has published his Diversity and Inclusion Vision. It sets out the future of London as a diverse, inclusive and integrated city.
Working with the LGBT+ community
The Mayor wants to make sure that the LGBT+ community keeps playing a vital role in London's economy, culture and society.
Since he was elected the Mayor has highlighted the issue of rising homophobic and transphobic hate crime, worked to protect declining numbers of LGBT+ venues, and reintroduced a community Pride reception at City Hall to recognise the achievements of the LGBT+ community.
Pride in London is the UK’s largest LGBT+ cultural festival with an annual crowd of around 500,000. Activities include a central London parade from Oxford Street to Whitehall, a major event on Trafalgar Square, and more activities in Leicester Square and Soho.
Stopping homophobic hate crime
Homophobic hate crime is a criminal offence which is felt (by the victim or anyone else) to come from the offender’s anger towards the victim’s sexuality (or what the offender thinks the victim’s sexuality is).
In April 2017 the Mayor launched a new police unit – the first of its kind in the UK - to help tackle online hate crime and improve support for victims across the capital. It forms part of his manifesto commitment to ensure a zero-tolerance approach to hate crime of all forms.
Five dedicated Met police officers, led by a Detective Inspector, make up the new Online Hate Crime Hub, which aims to improve the police response to online hate by gathering intelligence, improving understanding and testing new investigation methods.
Working with community groups, social media organisations, academic hate crime specialists and criminal justice partners, these specially recruited and trained officers will help to identify, prevent and investigate these crimes, including abuse on Twitter and Facebook.
The Mayor is also a strong supporter of LGBT+ Police Liaison Officers and how they build confidence with the LGBT+ community
MOPAC and the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) have a statutory duty to make sure that all hate crimes are dealt with properly. They are working closely with criminal justice organisations to make sure that dealing with hate crime is a priority across London.
More crimes reported: the number of homophobic hate crimes reported has gone up. But we will keep working to make sure that LGBT+ people feel confident reporting hate crime to the MPS and to LGBT+ liaison officers.
If you need to report a homophobic or transphobic hate crime you can speak in confidence to Galop, London’s leading anti-LGBT+ hate crime charity. They also provide support and advice.