LGBT Gypsies and Travellers: Our Stories
Many lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people from Gypsy Roma and Traveller communities sadly experience homophobia, which is similar to many other cultures. Many hide their sexual identity because they fear rejection by their family and community, others because of their religious beliefs.
There is no empirical research or statistics to evidence the hidden problem of homophobia within the Gypsy Roma Traveller communities against their own LGBT community. From our own casework and engagement with the wider Gypsy Roma Traveller (GRT) NGO sector and various other stakeholder groups, we know this is a real issue within the GRT community, however it is still rarely talked about.
The shame and guilt inflicted on LGBT community members has and can force many to live their lives in denial, in secret, fearing for their health and wellbeing.
Read our guidance to find support services to help you overcome these issues (download link below). It is intended as a basic information guide to identify how to stay safe and offers services for family and friends.
On the Road to Being You
It’s important to stay safe and do things at your own pace.
It is common for people to struggle to identify their sexual identity for many and varied reasons. The first thing to note is that being part of the LGBT community is okay.
Although times are changing, homophobia still exists in all communities. The fear or dislike of homosexual people is encountered anywhere, much like prejudices against Travellers or Gypsies in general. Being LGBT doesn’t change who you are, it’s only one small thing about you, though it may feel big at the moment.