Thousands crowded into London's Trafalgar Square Friday night to remember the victims of anti-gay attacks, the BBC reported.

The vigil was prompted by two recent incidents, one of which left a man dead.

Family and friends of Ian Baynham, 62, turned out to condemn the September 25 beating that took his life. Police believe Baynham was severely beaten because he was gay. He survived the beating but died two weeks later in the hospital from his injuries.

The thousands listened to speakers just blocks from where Baynham was attacked.

Tributes were also paid to James Parkes, a trainee policeman severely beaten by up to 20 youths last Sunday. The 22-year-old was released from the hospital Friday after being treated for multiple skull fractures, a fractured eye socket and a broken cheekbone.

Parkes was leaving a popular gay nightspot near Trafalgar Square with his partner, Tom Downey, when the pair were attacked. Police have collared 12 boys in connection with the attack.

A second vigil for Parkes will take place on Sunday in Stanley Street near the scene of the attack.

Gay bashing incidents in London are on the rise; an average of almost 3 per day, police report. Mourners said they were taking a stand against hate.