Stephen Ward, a director of Pride in London said more relaxed attitudes towards gay people in London could create a false sense of security.
We probably feel more relaxed than we used to about public displays of affection with our partners on the street, on the tube, that sort of thing.
But that can cause a backlash with people who haven't perhaps come as far on the journey to acceptance as the rest of the city and country has done.
– Met Police statement
The victims, a 23-year-old and a 24-year-old man were verbally abused and then punched and kicked by two youths who were part of a group of 5/6 boys riding bikes.
The victims suffered minor injuries. They did not require medical attention.
This incident is believed to be homophobic.
On 13 June, two 16-year-year old male youths from E1 and E14 were arrested in connection with this incident and taken to an east London police station.
City Hall says London mayor Boris Johnson is working on a new strategy to cut homophobic attacks. Officials are in talks with gay campaign groups and charities including Stonewall and Galop.
– City Hall spokesman
In his Police and Crime Plan, launched in March last year, the Mayor made dealing with hate crime, including against LGBT people, a priority and he has already delivered on his commitment to work with the Met to ensure that there is a designated LGBT liason officer for every borough.
The Deputy Mayor for Police and Crime in Stephen Greenhalgh is expected to reveal more when he represents the mayor at the Pride in London parade on Saturday.
In April and May, attacks jumped more than 10% on the same period in 2013. The number of crimes rose from 193 to 213.
Two homophobic attacks in five days has highlighted a worrying rise in gay hate crime in London.
- A 23-year-old fashion journalist was left unconscious after he and his partner were beaten up at a cashpoint in Whitechapel ten days ago
- Just days earlier another 23-year-old was sprayed with ammonia outside a gay nightclub in Vauxhall
- Scotland Yard figures show a 7% increase in homophobic attacks in London in the last year
- The number of crimes rose from 1,106 to 1,185
A teenage gang hurled a barrage of abuse at a gay couple as they walked around east London before assaulting them. 23-year-old Walter Adrian and his boyfriend were attacked by a gang of Bangladeshi teenagers on Whitechapel Road after leaving a party earlier this month.
Speaking to the Evening Standard, Walter Adrian said "We weren't even holding hands or kissing or anything, but all the comments were based on us being gay. One of them said 'f****** f******' so we wanted to try and leave and my partner pushed one of them but then they got physical.