The number of hate crimes against British gay, lesbian and bisexual people has risen by 78 per cent in four years, new research from UK group Stonewall has found.
The proportion of gay, lesbian and bisexual people who have experienced a hate crime rose from nine per cent in 2013 to 16 per cent in 2017, ranging from abuse to assault.
But 81 per cent of those victims didn’t report those crimes to the police.
Transgender people were especially at risk of such incidents, with 41 per cent experiencing a hate crime or incident because of their gender identity in the last 12 months.
Overall, 21 per cent of LGBT people experienced a hate crime or incident due to their sexual orientation or gender identity in the last 12 months.
UK group Stonewall released the stats based on polling of over 5,000 LGBT people in the country as part of their #ComeOutForLGBT campaign to encourage people to report hate crimes and support each other.
Participants described experiences of being spat on, having abuse shouted at them as well as someone being refused entry to both male and female toilets because they were transgender.
Stonewall Chief Executive Ruth Hunt said: “While we have come a long way in the past 25 years, it is clear there is still a huge amount of work we need to do before all LGBT people can feel safe, included and free to be themselves in Britain today.
“This report warns against complacency, and stands as a call to action for everyone who supports equality.
“We now need to work together, to bring forward the day when no individual faces hatred or discrimination simply because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.”