A shocking new report reveals that the number of homophobic attacks has more than double since the Brexit vote this summer.
Hate crimes against LGBT people have rose by 147% during July, August and September compared to the same months last year.
Analysts predicted hate crimes against ethnic minorities and foreign nationals but few predicted a rise in hate crime against LGBT members.
Over 3,000 allegations of hate crimes were made to the UK police in the week before and the week after the Brexit vote.
Galop’s chief executive Nik Noone said, “UK responses to hate crime are among the best in the world but our hate crime laws are far from perfect. The highest prison sentence a court can give for homophobic, transphobic or disability common assault is six months. That is just a quarter of the two-year maximum for race and faith in common assault.”
Four in five respondents to the Galop report reveal that they experience hate crime. The report also shows a low satisfaction score with the police with half of those who reported a hate crime feeling unsatisfied with the outcome.