LGBT Foundation responds to the conclusion of the Stephen Port trial

Published: 25 November 2016 Tags: law, chemsex, trial By John Walding

Today Stephen Port, who murdered 4 men by overdosing them with GHB, was sentenced to serve a whole life tariff (meaning he will spend the rest of his life in prison).

In 2014 and 15, Port used GHB to incapacitate the men, who he had met on dating apps and hook up apps, so he could sexually assault them. This comes at a time when two other men (Ben Bamford and Stefano Brizzi) have recently been convicted of murders related to Chemsex (the use of drugs in a sexual context).

Commenting on today’s sentencing, Jessica White, Community Safety Co-ordinator at LGBT Foundation, said:

“LGBT Foundation would like to extend our deepest sympathies to the victims of these crimes, and all those who were affected by the actions of the perpetrators. We are also aware that some of our service users may have some concerns related to these cases.

“These cases are very rare, and for the majority of users, dating or hook up apps can play a fun role in someone’s personal life. For many LGBT people, apps are a useful tool for meeting or connecting with others. If you want to know more about minimising risk whilst using dating or hook up apps, you can have a look at the LGBT Foundation online safety guide, or give us a call to chat about this.”

If you have concerns relating to Chemsex, or about how you use drugs or alcohol, LGBT Foundation are able to offer free confidential support. This can help you to give up completely, or regain control over what you use and when you use it. For further information contact LGBT Foundation on 03453 303030.

More information about Chemsex and online safety can be found in an article we have exploring some of the issues brought up by the Stephen Port case. To access the article click here.