Overall, Germany has a relatively low number of reported hate crimes based on someones sexuality, but in 2015, Berlin, one of Germany’s most accepting cities, saw a 31-percent increase with 105 attacks versus 80 in 2014.
Readers in the U.S. may look at that number and think it is low, but in the last decade, only two years saw higher reported numbers: 2010 and 2013.
The largest number of crimes took place in some of Berlin’s more active LGBT districts, with Mitte, Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf and Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg districts at the top of the list. These areas offer environments where people can be out and open, but it also makes for easy targets.
While most of the attacks were not physical violence, it’s expected that there are a large number of hate crimes that go unreported each year.