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Admin Biographical HistoryGalop is a charity working to eradicate homophobic and transphobic hate crime.

Originally know as the Gay London Police Monitoring Group, it was founded in 1982 both to monitor harassment of gays and lesbians by the police and to educate gay and lesbian communities about their rights. In the mid-1980s Galop was also monitoring police behaviour when dealing with people with AIDs. At the same time the Group encouraged victims of homophobic crimes to report their cases to the police.

By the late 1980s, the group were involved in consultative meetings between the police and representatives of the lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) communities. However, police attitudes towards these communities were often insensitive, and police resources often focussed on public gay sexual behaviour rather than homophobic attacks. Galop's work with the police eventually led to fewer arrests for gross indecency.

However, by the mid 1990s, it seemed that Galop was working more with the police than with LGB people so its structure and aims were overhauled - the Group got more involved in addressing youth issues and specifically included bisexual people in its remit.

Into the 21st century, Galop continues its liaison role between LGBT communities and the police and other organisations. It helped establish the LGBT Advisory Group to the Metropolitan Police and developed "Assisted Reporting", where victims can report crimes to Galop who pass them anonymously to the police. Galop has also undertaken valuable research work. For example, in 2001, Galop published its report, "The Low Down", on the experiences of black lesbians, gay men and bisexuals of hate crime, policing and community safety. In 2009, it published "Filling in the blanks", regarding unreported LGBT hate crime and services available to victims of these crimes. Since 2004, transgender people have been included in the Group's remit. Recently, the Group has started to provide specialist support for LGBT victims of sexual abuse.

For more information on the history of Galop see their website:

The website also includes a number of resources, such as its publications, fact sheets and annual reports.
Custodial HistorySome material in this collection was previously filed among the HCA/EPHEMERA series, including:
DescriptionPapers of GALOP, including:
Annual reports, 1984-2003 (incomplete run in HCA/GALOP/1);
Committee minutes and papers, 1982-3 and 1986-2004 (in HCA/GALOP/1-4);
Restructure, 1994-95 (in HCA/GALOP/4);
Community consultations, 1995-96 (in HCA/GALOP/4);
Workers' reports, 1990-98 (in HCA/GALOP/5);
Galop publications and ephemera, including bulletins, some papers on the organisation's history and leaflets, 1980s-2000s (in HCA/GALOP/5);
Press releases (in HCA/GALOP/6);
Correspondence with the Home Office, 1990-91 (in HCA/GALOP/6);
Cottaging and cruising project ("Protect Ourselves"), 1993-94 (in HCA/GALOP/6);
Sex workers project, 2001-02 (in HCA/GALOP/6);
Information from other sources on policing and LGBT people (in HCA/GALOP/6);
LGBT Advisory Group to the Metropolitan Police Service and related sub-groups, 2000-03 (in HCA/GALOP/6-7).
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