There have been more hate crimes against gays in Germany than last year, according to the German Government.
Revealing that crimes against homosexuals had risen by a fifth from January to September, Ole Schröder, a Christian Democrat junior minister for the interior, told German MPs last week that a total of 205 incidents had been reported. Those figures compared to 171 reported crimes against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people in the same period last year. 99 suspects had been identified in 2016, slightly higher than the 86 people investigated last year.
It seems Germany does not have a country-wide system for identifying and reporting hate crimes against gay people.
The German daily “Süddeutsche Zeitung” said 113 homophobic crimes had been reported in the capital Berlin alone, in the first nine months of the year.
The cities of Hamburg and Cologne don’t collect figures for crimes against homosexuals, it added, despite having vibrant gay scenes.