Is gay bashing on the rise?

Ten years ago, a nail-bomb exploded in a gay bar in the heart of London, claiming three lives and maiming dozens more, the final act in a series of attacks on the capital’s minority groups.

The intervening decade has seen significant steps in changing attitudes and legislation that give gay people – and their civil partners – equality enshrined in law. But now another shadow has been cast over the UK’s gay community. A series of homophobic attacks, at a time when crime figures suggest such incidents are on the rise, has mobilised people to voice their anger.

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