Homophobic attacks rose 147% in three months after Brexit vote

Campaigners call for tougher laws after hate crimes against LGBT people more than doubled after EU referendum

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.

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