Gay hate crimes on the rise in London
After a spate of homophobic attacks during the first week of Pride, two more gay men have been beaten in homophobic incidents in East London.
The men, 23-year-old Walter Adrian and his 24-year-old partner told the Evening Standard they had been repeatedly called faggots during the attack which left them bloody and bruised.
Two teenagers have since been arrested in connection with the bashing
In a statement, a Met Police spokesperson said: “The victims, a 23-year-old and a 24-year-old man were verbally abused and then punched and kicked by two youths who were part of a group of five or six boys riding bikes.
"The victims suffered minor injuries. They did not require medical attention.
"This incident is believed to be homophobic.
The couple had been getting cash out of an ATM when they were set upon by a group of teenagers on bicycles. Adrian was left unconscious after the attack.
Adrian told the Evening Standard: “We weren’t even acting gay and that’s what’s upsetting,’
"Whether anyone is gay or not you just can’t feel safe. You’re scared of being attacked and afraid to go out by yourself."
London mayor Boris Johnson is said to be working with Stonewall and Galop to combat a new strategy for ending homophobic attacks.