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Racism and Discrimination

Discrimination is when someone treats you unfairly because of your age, sexuality, marital status, being pregnant or having a child, having a disability, ethnicity or race, religion or gender. It can include bullying, but it’s also discrimination when someone doesn’t let you join in an activity because of your race or religion.

Discrimination can take many forms and happen in a range of environments including school, work and within communities.

Racism is when someone’s treated differently or unfairly just because of their race or culture. People can also experience prejudice, when a decision is made or opinion formed without knowledge, thought or reason, because of their religion or nationality.

A hate crime or incident is any behaviour that someone thinks was caused by hatred of:

  • Race
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Gender identity
  • Disability
  • Religion or faith

Hate crime can be name calling, violence, graffiti, or damage to property.


Childline – Information on Discrimination & Equal Opportunities

Information, support and advice on discrimination either online or via telephone to Childline 0800 1111

Childline – Information on Racism

Information, support and advice on Racism either online or via telephone to Childline 0800 1111


Galop can help if you experience homophobia, transphobia or biphobia wherever it occurs, including at home, in public, at school, online or in cruising sites. None of us should have to put up with being abused, but if it happens, Galop’s hate crime casework service can give you advice, support and help. T: 0207 704 2040

Stop Hate

Stop Hate UK is one of the leading national organisations working to challenge all forms of Hate Crime and discrimination, based on any aspect of an individual’s identity. Stop Hate UK provides independent, confidential and accessible support for victims, witnesses and third parties. 24 hour helpline 0800 138 1625 for anonymous independent support Transgender Hate Crime 0808 801 0661 LGBT Hate Crime 0808 801 0661 Learning Disabilities Hate Crime 0808 802 1155