Saturday, 29 October 2011

Third Vigil Against Hate Crime


The first vigil had been organised following the fatal attack against gay man Ian Baynham on the Square. This edition of the vigil now directed against hate crime in general but gathering mostly members of the Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Trans (LGBT) community.

Speakers included Lynn Featherstone (minister), Brian Paddick (out mayoral candidate) , Ken Livingston (mayoral candidate), Elly Barnes (No1 in the Independent's Pink List 2011), Sue Sanders (co-chair of Schools Out and LGBT History Month), and Stuart Milk (nephew of Harvey Milk). There were performances by a choir made up of members of London's three LGBT choir (London Gay Men's Chorus, Pink Singers and Diversity Choir) and the London Gay Wind Orchestra. No representent of the current mayor was present.

Two minutes silent were held at 8pm followed by the reading of names of LGBT and disabled victims of hate crime.

Other vigil were taking place simultaneously around the country, including at the Occupy London camp outside St Paul's cathedral.

My pictures of the night are on flickr here.
My pictures of the first vigil (2009) are here.

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