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2,000 join London vigil against hate crime

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  1. “We don’t yet know how much the pubs and bars in Soho collected but one only raised 55p”

    It seems nothing changes. I did a charity ‘bucket rattle’ around the Soho gay pubs for London Lighthouse once. Gay men want all the benefits, but are unwilling to put their hands in the their pockets to pay for it. That is one reason why the Lighthouse is no more. Selfish to the core.

  2. did you pocket the rest of it?

  3. If the government are so keen to do what they can to combat hate crime then why don’t they pay for the event?

  4. This was a great event though many friends that I met & I were disappointed at the turn out this year. I don’t think its a great “ASK” for people who are able to at least give 15mins to this from 7.55pm to 8.10pm when they can pay respects through the 2 mins silence and honour those who have suffered by at least listening to the names being read out. This wasn’t just for gay hate crime but for all hate crime and I welcomed this.

    This does need to be sponsored and this is surely ONE thing that Stonewall could fund. It would fit nicely into its policy portfolio.

    Thanks to all who spoke and members of the choir, orchestra and volunteers for giving of there time.

  5. Andrew Newman 25 Oct 2010, 2:56pm

    Does anyone know how I can contribute to the £3,000 fund? would anyone else like to join me?

  6. look at the gay media Boyz as an example more worried about the colour of Kylies knickers. All those cheesy photos of white pants and smiles yuck yuck. like Is aid before tell gay men there be a 14 inch penis there, there be 4,000 attending. well done to those that did attend this is such an important issue. Sadly many gays look the other way. Homophobia is alive and well. Not sure why the Milk guy was the headline I would have liked to have seen family or friends of those murdered here in the UK. I don’t ask for the government to pay for the event but would ask why they allow dance hall artist to enter the UK who have advocated the murder of gay people?

    Gav

  7. Well done Mark Healey.
    You should be proud of yourself for organising this event in the face of apathy and adversity.
    I shall make a donation to the link above.
    Come on everyone Dig Deep!
    I agree this event would need sponsoring next year and an organisation like Stonewall could hold the resources to market the event properly, but dont hold your breath, ultimately they do not make decisions who to support, they need to call Westminster first!!
    Chuckled at your comment gav, because it is so true!!!

  8. there was more than 2000 there – but I agree with the comments made – the gay “community” is not interested in making a point anymore unless it is about having the “right” to use G, K Cats Meow etc.
    I wish that we had more guys like Mark and Ryan. I know who I would want watching my back when I was out with friends.
    We need to see gay businesses supporting this event. So come one Pink entreprenuers…… show us the colour of your money and sponsor these events.

  9. Mark Healey 25 Oct 2010, 8:12pm

    Firstly there were 3,000+ who attended the event, as confirmed by the GLA Square’s Team. And let’s not forget those who joined us on-line and around the globe – Norwich, Brighton, Sherringdon, and Vancover Canada. I also heard there was a gathering in New York – so while some may be apathetic others are not. And we will grow in number quietly, spreading seeds of hope like seeds in the desert… just wait for the rain and you’ll see this campaign against hate crime flourish like desert flowers.
    As for the 55p donation… well that was a dissapointment, but balance it out with the crowd at The Royal Vauxhall Tavern who lead by the Dame Edna Experience donated £326.58 within twenty minutes. We may struggle for funds in the beginning, but as this campaign grows people will come to realise the beauty of what we do and then the funding will follow.
    Finally Stuart Milk headlined the event, because his uncle once said “You’ve got to give them hope”, Harvey Milk was assignated for standing up for human rights, not just gay rights – and his death inspired a wave of action for change. But before Stuart spoke, after Heather Peace had done the house keeping and I had explained what 17-24-30 was all about – JEN BAYNHAM spoke publically for the first time about the death of her brother Ian. Providing her, amongst many others – the love and support to stand up and speak out about hate crime is part of what this outstanding event was all about.

  10. Mark Healey 25 Oct 2010, 8:20pm

    Everyone, Every where can and will make a difference just by being who and what they are and do. We have an affect on everything around us whether we know it or not. When people come to realise this then they become empowered to make change happen – for good or bad? you decide.

  11. The demonstrations are like old communist Russia. You turn up at the demonstration you walk around wondering who is in charge. You spend hours getting colder and colder wishing you had not bothered with this type of strangeness.

    You are treated like cattle and any time a camera appears they wheel out some self acclaimed figurehead who explains why he or she is there and f£%k the cold bastards who have been there all day.

    Once they have been willed out to make their brief appearance as the self-proclaimed figurehead they disappear. The demonstrators are left wondering what’s happened. What do we do now? what did this self appointed leader just say?

    Eventually people realise that the self-proclaimed figurehead made a brief appearance and you can all f$%k off home now..

    They are so badly organised it is an experience that most people will never forget and will never go on a demonstration again.

    Too many cooks spoil the broth. They need a demonstration organiser and let the self-proclaimed figureheads make the brief appearances for the television cameras and then after the self-proclaimed figurehead has gone home… organise the demonstration!

  12. Mark Healey 27 Oct 2010, 12:57pm

    Well… the beauty of 17-24-30 and the events that we organise is that they are not demonstrations, we organise acts of remembrance so that people can come together and remember their loved ones with the support of the community. On Saturday as far as I am aware there were no television cameras, no self-proclaimed figureheads – just people who are bothered by Hate Crime working together to raise awareness and support the good work that is being done by many individuals and organisations (like Stop Hate Uk, Galop, Schools Out, LGBT History Month, Lesbian and Gay Switchboard, Enough is Enough… to mention a few).

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