Four University of Cambridge students were attacked, putting one in the hospital, in an apparent homophobic assault on February 23.

The students had just attended a university LGBT club night called Glitterbomb.

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According to reports, a group of five people shouted homophobic and transphobic comments before physically assaulting them.

All suffered injury and one, a 24-year-old woman was hit multiple times in the face.  She was hospitalised with a concussion, a bruised eye, a fractured nose, and a deviated septum.

Cambridgeshire Police have stated that they are currently investigating. 

Increase in Homophobic and Transphobic Hate Crimes

According to a report by Vice News, homophobic hate crimes have increased 210 percent and transphobic hate crimes have increased by 332 percent over the last six years. 

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In a statement to Vice, Sasha Misra, associate director of communications and campaigns at UK LGBT rights charity Stonewall, said, “These deeply concerning statistics must be a wake-up call that we need to do more to tackle rising hate against lesbian, gay, bi, trans and queer people. It’s worrying to see such a stark increase in reports of hate crimes, especially during a pandemic which caused so many of us to live through multiple lockdowns. 

“This can’t continue. As a society, we all need to do more to combat anti-LGBTQ+ violence and call out abuse, harassment and anti-LGBTQ+ sentiment wherever we see it,” she continued.

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