UNITED KINGDOM — (08-16-23) — Two gay men were stabbed outside a popular London gay bar last Sunday, in what police are investigating as a “homophobic attack.” The attack comes amid a surge in reported hate crimes against LGBTQ Britons over the past 2 years.

According to Detective Inspector Gary Castle, one of the victims is in his 20s, while the other is in his 30s. Both were transported to a local hospital for treatment and later released, according to a statement by London’s Metropolitan Police released Monday.

One of the victims who identified himself as Anieloo,  shared an Instagram post on Monday, just a day after the incident took place at Two Brewers on Clapham High Street.

“Didnt know if i should really say anything… but i suppose it feels right to,” Aniello began. “I’ve not been left feeling sad, nor angry, or confused,” he explained, adding that he was instead wondering how a person can believe it’s ok to attack anyone, and what can be done to change the perpetrator’s mindset.

Despite it all, Aniello continued: “What today has strengthened in me… more than ever before… is that I could never, and have never be prouder, happier, or more comforted, by the community I am lucky enough to have as my LGBTQ+ family!

“I would NEVER change it for the world… I am so lucky to have all my family and friends who have reached out just to check on me today. Love you all… all of you x,” he concluded.

Authorities continue their manhunt for the suspect, who ran away after the attack, added police.

“We are acutely aware of the shock this attack will cause members of the LGBT+ community and I want to reassure people that an urgent investigation is ongoing to locate the person responsible,” said Detective Inspector Gary Castle in a prepared statement.

The incident occurred outside The legendary Two Brewers, a South London gay bar that has been open for over 40 years.

In a statement on their Instagram account, the bar said it was “assisting the police as they carry out their investigation regarding the unprovoked attack that took place at our venue.”

In a series of tweets shared Monday, London Mayor Sadiq Khan called the attack a “horrific hate crime” and said his “thoughts are with the victims and with the LGBTQ+ community.”

“For those who stoke up hate and vilify LGBTQ+ people for your own agenda, you’re part of the problem too. Your culture war has real-life consequences,” the mayor wrote in his thread on X, formerly Twitter.

“Let me be clear: I will never quieten down my allyship. I’ll never stop fighting for the safety, rights and dignity of the LGBTQ+ community. I am committed to stamping out hate crime in our city.” said Mayor Khan.

British LGBTQ advocacy group Stonewall, took to  condemned the stabbing and called on the British government to address the rise in hate crimes.  “It is unacceptable for LGBTQ+ people to live in fear,” the group wrote on X.

According to the British government’s statistics, from 2017 to 2022, hate crimes based on sexual orientation rose in England and Wales by 41%. Hate crimes against transgender Britons rose by 56% during the same time period.

Article by: Paul Goldberg, Staff Writer

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