Homophobic attacks in UK rose 147% in three months after Brexit vote

 

Crowds celebrate Pride in London in June 2016, but the same month brought the Brexit vote, which Galop says sparked a rise in hate crime. Photograph: Michael Tubi/Corbis via Getty Images

Crowds celebrate Pride in London in June 2016, but the same month brought the Brexit vote, which Galop says sparked a rise in hate crime. Photograph: Michael Tubi/Corbis via Getty Images

Mark Townsend writes:

The number of homophobic attacks more than doubled in the three months after the Brexit vote, with toxicity fostered by the EU referendum debate spreading beyond race and religion, new figures suggest.

Hate crimes against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people increased 147% during July, August and September compared to the same period last year, according to the LGBT anti-violence charity Galop.

Statistics from the police have already documented a spike of hate crimes against ethnic minorities and foreign nationals. Few analysts predicted a rise in hate crime based on victims’ sexual orientation, however. Galop gave support to 187 LGBT people who had suffered hate crimes in the three months that followed the referendum vote, compared with 72 in the same period in 2015. The rise is proportionately higher than other hate crime rises in the wake of Brexit .

More than 3,000 allegations of hate crimes were made to UK police, largely in the form of harassment and threats, in the week before and the week after the 23 June referendum vote, a year-on-year increase of 42%.

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