Join the #BackOffBackUp
Back Off. Back Up. (BOBU) is an offshoot project of Across Rainbows, an
LGBTQ+ organisation focused on redefining Queer identity.
The two work in synchronicity with each other; we want to ensure that people not only feel confident and emotionally secure in themselves, but also that they feel physically secure whilst out and about in the community.
Sadly, being different can make us vulnerable. Sometimes threats aren’t obvious. It’s not always about violence, or verbal abuse. Sometimes it’s just a gut feeling—
a sense of being stared at, followed, or just not being welcome. When that gut feeling strikes, having somewhere to retreat to for immediate help, without judgement or questions, can make all the difference.
Back Off. Back Up. is a signal
that it’s OK to ask for help
I was heckled on the bus just for
We are delighted to announce we have just released our new Back Off. Back Up. app. The app will:
Allow users to find designated 'safe places' locally which have the BOBU sticker in a storefront or venue window*
Allow users to find venues that provide HIV and sexual health tests nearby in the local area
Offer a 5-star rating system to give feedback on your experience after visiting. With this we can make sure that all of our venues are delivering on their safety commitment or make improvements where necessary
*Venues with a BOBU sticker have signed up to commit to making their space safer. Their staff have taken part in our safety workshop and are trained to help someone in need of assistance.
A Back Off. Back Up. sticker in a storefront or venue window indicates that anyone feeling concerned can go inside and find help. Venues that have signed up to commit to making their space safer will be featured on our app and receive this sticker. This means that their staff will have taken part in our safety workshop and are trained to help someone in need of assistance. This could include:
Offering space to charge your phone
Helping you to get in touch with a friend or family member
Ordering you a taxi to get home safely
Calling the emergency services if needed
Want to sign up your venue? Get in touch below!