Leicester will respond to the murder of 50 people at a gay club in Orlando with a vigil in Leicester Town Square on Monday 13th June at 6.30pm. Leicester STANDS with Orlando is part of a collection of events being held in the UK and around the world, including a vigil in Soho, London, home of a vicious nail bomb attack targeting LGBT people enjoying a drink in the Admiral Duncan pub on Old Compton Street in 1999.
Chair of Leicester Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Centre, Mark Beasley said “Our hearts go out to all the families and friends of those affected by the awful events in the Pulse Nightclub. It appears the attack was based on targeting people because of their sexual orientation.”
“This event highlights the need for continuing our work to encourage and empower people, to respect and pull together for equality across the board, not just LGBT. Tonight we will stand together, not separated by our sexual orientation, gender, race or faith. We will stand together, united in a moment of solidarity, peace and remembrance.”
Deputy City Mayor, Rory Palmer said “I am sickened by the events in Orlando. My thoughts are with the loved ones of those killed and wounded and all those affected by this heart-breaking event. I am also thinking of the LGBT community in Orlando, here in Leicester and across the world. An attack like this on the LGBT community is an attack on all of us. There is no place in the world for such hate and violence. I will be joining the Leicester vigil this evening to remember those in Orlando and to express support and solidarity for the LGBT community here and across the world.”
Leicester LGBT Centre is celebrating its 40th year in September, making it the oldest serving LGBT Centre in the UK. Their work across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland help many individuals and families. They also work with partners, including Leicester City Council and De Montfort University to provide training and support as well as front line services.
Recently they were awarded money by BBC Children in Need to establish a Young Trans Centre of Excellence project, the first of its kind in the East Midlands. They are working tirelessly to secure funding to develop a project to help adult people with gender identity issues.