Yes, good for Sir Ian McKellen for supporting this group.
Pleased also that this group of teenagers went to see Auschwitz -Birkenau to see first hand the effects of hate crime, and that this trip was funded by a government grant. I hope the winner of the next election (whoever it is) continues to fund such things and does not see it as a waste of taxpayers money….Watch this space.
Some might argue ´why should the taxpayer be funding such trips?´
This is a bit like suggesting that there is no such thing as homophobia these days?, or asking why is Auschwitz -Birkenau still standing today? To hopefully remind everyone not to be complacent. It is easy to go back to the policies of hate. We must never allow it to happen again.
For example, how is the nazis locking people up for being gay, then executing them, any different to what was being proposed in Uganda….today?
Good to see that so much good has come out of this trip made last year.
liverpool is the most homophobic place i have ever lived. its vile. really vile. even the gay people are homophobic. as an english city, its about 25 years behind other cities – the gay bars are laughable – and the gay clubs are not gay clubs they are straight clubs where the ‘gays’ are tollerated and stared at as if animals in a zoo. its the worst gay scene that i have ever been to in the world. in fact its the worst city ive ever been to in my life – and ian mckellen going there aint gonna make a scrap of difference. the only hope for liverpool is to drop a nuclear bomb on it and start again. living hell.
trust me, if you’re gay – DO NOT GO TO LIVERPOOL.
@ Jay, oh, Mr Positive again :-)
Okay, so in the absence of ACTUALLY dropping a nuclear bomb on Liverpool, what is to be done for the lesbian and gay teenagers already living in Liverpool? I would suggest that this initiative is being done in EXACTLY the right place?
Where else would you suggest it be done? Compton Street?
RE – Jay’s comments – I too live in Liverpool and have done for the past 10 years and have found it to be the most welcoming and inclusive city. I admit that I am aware that in the past Liverpool has had its issues, however the city has moved on from strengh to strengh. I have always been totally out in this city from socialising to all of the places I have worked and never encountered homophobia! I go to gay and straight venues alike with
my partner and am openly gay! Again never encountered a problem!
Jay’s comments are I’m afriad ill thought out and narrow minded. Yes there have been one or two incidents of homophobia in the city, but unfortuantley this is not a problem particular to Liverpool. In the grand scheme of things its a great city and has so much happening within the LGBT community such as the amazing Homotopia project, not to mention the fab Outsiders Film festival which attracts huge audiences both gay and straight alike! And ofcourse the citys first Pride Festival coming in August!
Shame on you Jay for your flipant comments!