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1,500 turn out in Liverpool to support vigil for gay policeman

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  1. Vincent Poffley 2 Nov 2009, 12:26pm

    Will there be an official statement of support from the Police themselves I wonder?

  2. It’s good to see these large gatherings of people are starting to happen, but I cannot see how candle-lit vigil’s are going to achieve anything.

    At Pride (In London) there were 1 Million people in attendance and if we had a 1 Million LGBT persons demonstration, now that would achieve something!

  3. Is the BBC starting to change their tune on not reporting homophobia?

    See this BBC Newsnight Program on the rise of homophobia:

  4. Watched the BBCe Newsnight prog but was dismayed to see they had invited Anne Atkins to join the discussion. She is not exactly sympathetic to homosexuality. She is associated with True Freedom Trust. Take a look at their website. She’s one of their Governers.

    I don’t think the BBC are changing at all, where was the coverage of Friday evening’s vigil at Trafalgar Square? or is it too much to expect that it would be on the news??

  5. “Is the BBC starting to change their tune on not reporting homophobia?”

    Well I don’t think BBC TV reported the vigils in London or in Liverpool, so the change in attitude, if there was one, was short-lived. Also, in the linked Newsnight report, disgracefully, there was no mention of Michael Causer’s murder, Gavin Alker’s acquittal and Judge King’s perverse ruling in the face of overwhelming evidence that the killing was not the result of a homophobic attack. It’s entirely possible that locals got the message that killing gays was OK.

    Frankly things are not going to improve unless there is a sea change in the way schools deal with homophobic bullying. Furthermore, the BBC Children’s needs to be inclusive of LGBT people and issues. Children’s TV has become less inclusive over the last few years, so it’s not surprising that kids are growing up to be homophobic.

  6. Jean-Paul Bentham 2 Nov 2009, 6:16pm

    Legalize pepper spray!

  7. Jean-Paul Bentham 2 Nov 2009, 6:31pm

    Scout’s Motto: Be Prepared!

  8. Dave,
    Since I researched BBC Children in Need, they have awarded LGBT youth groups over £270,000 (compared to 36 Million over all) but they still need to realize that a hell of lot of LGBT people do the fund-raising for them as well as gay celebrities on stage during the Event.

    I think it would be in there best interests to make a video of how they are spending the money on LGBT Youth.

  9. The media is hiding away on homphobia. Where are the radio DJs making a stand. They like to portray themselves as right on but hide in the shadows in relation to homphobia. How about also some rock and pop musicians having a rock against homphobia campaign. Rock against racism was influential.

  10. LGBT issues in children’s TV? Apart from Tinky Winky’s handbag I don’t think LGBT has any representation in children’s TV.

  11. Re the comment by another dave: “They like to portray themselves as right on but hide in the shadows in relation to homphobia.” That is spot on. Also Jonathan Ross does the same on TV.

    Re comment by Rose – All LGBT representation was lost when they axed the realism in kids’ drama – eg programmes such as Byker Grove and Grange Hill, and replaced them with pure fantasy (M.I. High etc)

  12. Chris Keane 5 Nov 2009, 2:55am

    I hate that I missed this. Curse my liver.

    I wore my Stonewall “Some people are gay, get over it” t-shirt in Liverpool today and no abuse, but a lot of people did look. Hopefully they will take a good look at where they stand.

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