Yep ...hard to tell if there is a rise in these incidents, or just an increase in the reporting violent attacks on GLBT ' s.... Ma bey, as suggested, there is just more reporting of it as gay people feel more more empowered with changing laws and seeming increases in support and acceptance. I think there is more than we see actually...and not all gets reported! I have long been (often to the point of being criticized and disliked by other gay men even!), that we all need to get off our namby pamby asses and demand that we be respected and allowed to fee safe as other people do...Personally i never took shit from no one ..I have been attacked and bashed many times and the more it happened the more i have fought against it...U have to make friends and family and the public in general aware of how we r often treated. There r str8 people out there who wouldn't kick a dog cause they see themselves as "good people" but they wouldn't think twice about insulting, working against, or even beating a fag! Further more i think all the lovely" fit into suburbs" and "live quietly amonsgt the str8's with my head in the sand homos" are as much a part of the problem as the people who break bones or kill homos! Allways report violent acts against u to the police and, whenever u can, make sure these people serve time for their crimes. B loud and visible when it comes to demanding that justice on ur part is served. Also important is the education of those u meet and know is aware of how bad this problem is. To b silent or to ignore this problem makes u as much to blame for it as those who direct the blows or use weapons of emotional, mental, or physical abuse.