Solidarity with LGBT+ people in Chechnya

In keeping with Manchester's history of standing by others in times of crisis and discrimination, gathered yesterday to mark recent events in Chechnya and other parts of the world.

Across the world we see a resurgence of homophobia and racism. So as we stand in solidarity with LGBT+ people in Chechnya, let's also say loud and clear that we will fight homophobia, discrimination and oppression wherever we find it. From Chechnya, to France, to the White House homophobia and bigotry must go!

Our friend Julie Hesmondhalgh commented "It's incredible to me that in 2017 these things are still happening. It's so easy for us to forget how many battles there are to fight in the world when it feels we've come so far in so many ways. But the tragic truth is that we still have such a long way to go in securing not only equality, but safety and freedom for the LGBTQ community worldwide."

Thanks to everyone who was involved in the organisation of the event and of course to the very large turnout at the event itself.

story published on  Mon, 17 Apr 2017