Peaceful protest against hate crime

Tomorrow, a number of LGBTQ+ activists are organising a peaceful gathering and march to raise awareness and protest against the recent reports of homophobic attacks in Liverpool City Centre.

The gathering is planned to take place 1pm Tuesday 22 June. The meeting point is the junction of Church Street and Lord Street (by McDonalds and HSBC).

The group is then expected to march via the outside of St John’s Shopping Centre, Williamson Square, Whitechapel and finishing at Victoria Street in the Pride Quarter.

Mayor of Liverpool Joanne Anderson said:

“I have spent my whole adult life standing up to hate. Having worked in The Crown Prosecution Service for ten years fighting hate crime, I am fully aware of how these horrific crimes impact on people and communities.

“I’m appalled by the recent spate of homophobic attacks and I want the victims to know that they have our wholehearted support. Not just that of the city council, but also local businesses, community organisations, taxi drivers and many more – we are all here for you.

“I will be attending tomorrow’s peaceful protest to let the small minority of homophobic thugs know there is no place for hate in our city.”

Organisers are encouraging attendees to bring signs and flags, adhere to social distancing and guidance and wear masks unless exempt and able to provide this if questioned. They are also encouraging people to travel in groups to ensure everyone stays safe.

Anyone who can’t, or doesn’t feel comfortable attending, can read ways that you can still support from home here.

If anyone needs to report a hate crime, please find out more here.

Liverpool Waterfront