Hundreds of protestors took to the streets to protest a rise in homophobic and transphobic attacks in Liverpool.
At least seven people have been victims of anti-LGBTQ+ hate crimes, according to local Liverpool media.
The people of Liverpool decided enough was enough and rallied together to showcase support and solidarity for the victims and the LGBTQ+ community.
On Tuesday (22 June), the LGBTQ+ community marched together in the streets chanting powerful statements to show they would not be intimidated or scared by the spate of attacks that have unfolded in the city.
The chants driven by the crown included: “Whose lives matter? Queer lives matter,” and “Be angry, be here, be queer. We will not live in fear.”
Drag queen Angel Dewynter led a speech at the protest and called for unity and strength from the community: “All these homophobic attacks that are happening in Liverpool are f**king disgusting, and they can’t go on any longer.”
“I have literally been messaged about getting macheted and run over, and we’re still here today to fight for gay rights.”
Liverpool’s newly-elected mayor, Joanne Anderson, also made an appearance at the protest. The politician addressed the crowd stating homophobia and transphobia will not be “[tolerated] in our city.”
The mayor continued: “We have to make sure people are prosecuted. We have to make sure we have resources, that we can take action to eradicate this from our society,” she said.
“I just want to thank everyone for coming out today. You absolutely, wholeheartedly have our support. Let’s say no to hate crime in our city.”
Following the protest, Anderon took to social media to show further solidarity with the community.
“Absolutely brilliant show of support from #Liverpool at today’s protest. We are a proud, welcoming and inclusive city and I will continue to support our #LGBTQ+ community as will many others. Hate is not welcome here,” she posted.
Absolutely brilliant show of support from #Liverpool at today's protest.
We are a proud, welcoming and inclusive city and I will continue to support our #LGBTQ+ community as will many others. Hate is not welcome here.🏳️🌈🏳️⚧️#LoveIsLove @LCRPride pic.twitter.com/1CZKy7qghu
— Joanne Anderson (@MayorLpool) June 22, 2021
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— VisitLiverpool 🏳️🌈 (@VisitLiverpool) June 22, 2021
Liverpool has been subject to a handful of hateful anti-LGBTQ+ crimes in the last few months.
Reports followed after a small group of young women were attacked and threatened with rape and murder in May.
A gay couple was assaulted by attackers welding a knife and subjected to verbal abuse a week later.
Two bisexual teens, Curtis Stewart and Josh Ormrod, were horrifically beaten and left with bloody faces days apart in Liverpool’s city centre.
27-year-old Greg Hewitt was also left with a fractured leg in an attack in the city, according to the BBC.
The horrific rise in homophobic and transphobic attacks have been addressed by the Merseyside’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Emily Spurrell.
In a joint statement, Spurrell and Liverpool Regional mayor Steve Rotheram condemned the unfolding attacks.
“The recent spate of homophobic attacks in Liverpool city centre fly in the face of those values and have understandably sent shockwaves throughout the region,” the statement said.
Adding: “That these attacks should occur during Pride Month, a time meant to celebrate our LGBT+ community, is especially upsetting and only serves to underline why Pride events are still needed.
The statement concluded with a message of solidarity highlighting that “everybody is welcome” while “violence, bigotry, and hatred are not.”