Galop's top 10 youth safety tips
Galop has been working for LGBT people with London police for well over ten years. See www.galop.org.uk
Here are their top ten safety tips for LGBT Youth.
1 Alcohol and drugs make you more vulnerable
Travel with friends. Don't take unlicensed minicabs that hang around outside clubs.
2 Avoid conflict
There is no shame in refusing to fight or trying to get away.
3 When you pull
Introduce them to a friend before you leave, or let someone know you are leaving together.
4 Going home with a stranger
Get their address before you go and leave it with a friend. If you go to yours tell then you have a friend or flatmate staying - even if you don't.
5 Chatrooms and personal ads
People lie! If they are reluctant to give any info, think carefully about meeting them.
6 Meet in public
Use a cafe or bar for blind dates. You can get away easily if you're not interested.
7 Tell someone
Leave some indication beforehand of where you are going with someone you trust.
8 Get in touch
If you experience any kind of homophobic or transphobic incident contact the police or Galop's helpline (020 7704 2040) as soon as you can.
9 Get the evidence
Take photos of any injuries or damage. Keep evidence and write down everything you can remember.
10 In an emergency
Call 999. Make sure you have somewhere safe to go. Get medical attention if you need it.
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