SOS homophobie is a non-profit, volunteer-run organisation committed to combatting hate-motivated violence and discrimination against LGBT people. Founded in April 1994, SOS homophobie currently has over 1300 members, represented by an elected board of 21 members, in 18 branches throughout France. 400 of these members are active volunteers involved in the running of the organisation. Our head office is based in Paris. Membership fees and donations are our major sources of funding, along with occasional financing of projects from local municipalities and the government.
Our three main missions:
- Support and advice for people who have been victim of or who have witnessed LGBT abuse via our:
- anonymous telephone helpline (01.48.06.42.41) or online chat where they can speak about their experiences to our trained listeners and receive information about the course of actions open to them;
- website (sos-homophobie.org) where they can submit their testimony online;
- legal services who will help them lodge complaints and/or bring a civil lawsuit before a court;
- Prevention work via:
- awareness-raising debates in schools and universities as well as LGBT awareness training for public and private institutions as well as businesses;
- participating in or organising LGBT awareness campaigns;
- advocacy work, by calling on public figures and politicians, institutions and leading organisations to implement the measures that will prevent the violence and discrimination against LGBT people.
- by publishing our yearly Annual Report, in which the hate-motivated abuse, harassment and discrimination against LGBT people in France is analysed, based on the testimonies we received on our helpline and website. (you will find a summary of our 2015 Annual Report in English) In 2014 we also published a survey on the “Visibility of Lesbians and Lesbophobia in France”, English version, and in 2015 a National Survey on Bisexuality (French version online).
- a website for adolescents “cestcommeca.net”, which gives young people access to all kinds of information regarding LGBT issues. One page is dedicated to testimonies of young victims of homophobia and transphobia.
For more detailed information regarding our different missions, please consult our website (currently French version only).