Activists fear homophobic hate crime is set to rise as Donald Trump has won the US presidential election.
They believe bigots may become emboldened and it could lead to a rise in attacks on the LGBTI community.
Following Britain voting to leave the European Union in June, the three months after saw homophobic and transphobic hate crime more than doubled.
In a poll from Gallup, hate crimes against LGBTI during July, August and September increased 147% compared with the same months last year.
The jump in hate crimes has affected ethic and religious minorities as well, while LGBTI people were the worst affected.
‘In a Britain that works for everyone, hatred against a person because of their sexual orientation will not be tolerated,’ a government spokesman said.
Many on social media are fearing the same will happen in the United States.
Think of the rise in hate crime that the UK has seen post-Brexit, on a scale of USA, with guns.
— Ellie Kinney (@EllieKinney) November 9, 2016
Post-Brexit, we saw 60% ^ in xenophobic hate crime, and a 147% ^ in homophobic hate crime. What will happen in US with access to guns?
— Shaun (@OhShaun) November 9, 2016
After the Brexit hate crime went up as morons felt empowered.
Pray for America this night.
— Danny Buckler (@DannyBuckler) November 9, 2016
@SaraJBenincasa The aftermath of Brexit was a marked increase in hate crime here. It’s a very real worry, please all take extra care x
— Bint of Sparkles (@bintofsparkles) November 9, 2016
If you are attacked, please remember to report it as it will make a huge amount of difference. If you’re feeling frightened, difficulty or even worse suicidal, these numbers will help:
Crisis Text Line: Text START to 741-741
The Trevor Project (LBGT+): 1-866-488-7386
Trans Lifeline: (877) 565-8860
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: Call 1-800-273-8255