Last weekend, thousands of party-goers descended upon Miami Beach for its tenth annual Pride parade. The expansive festival featured an entire week of celebrations led by LGBT-friendly celebrities and performers including openly gay Olympian Gus Kenworthy, who made headlines for his spontaneous crowd-surfing.
But, on Sunday, the festivities were overshadowed by reports that a gay couple had been attacked in a brutal hate crime. The victims, Rene Chalara and Dmitry Logunov, were beaten to the ground by a gang of four men, all of whom have since surrendered to police. The aggressors were reported to have shouted anti-gay slurs during the attack, which was captured on CCTV.
The incident is indicative of the recent rise in hate crimes reported in Florida, which reached a four-year high last year. Things are no better in the United Kingdom, either. According to the Metropolitan Police, the number of homophobic hate crimes reported in London alone has doubled over the last five years, with 2,079 incidents recorded between February 2017-2018.