Post Orlando: We urge LGBT & Muslim communities to unite against all hate
London, UK – 20 June 2015
At this Saturday’s Pride London parade on 25 June, the Peter Tatchell Foundation’s theme will be: LGBT-Muslim Solidarity.
“In light of the horrific mass murder of LGBT people by an Islamist gunman in Orlando, we will highlight the need for dialogue, unity and solidarity between the Muslim and LGBT communities – to oppose all hate. We’ll also challenge homophobia in the Muslim community and defend LGBT Muslims against persecution by fellow Muslims. We’re supporting Muslim liberals against the Islamist extremists,” said Peter Tatchell, Director of the PTF.
Peter Tatchell helped organise the UK’s first lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Pride in 1972 and has marched in every parade since then. This will be his 43rd Pride London parade.
We invite you to join us
Marching with us will be Arab activists from Iran, the African LGBTI Out and Proud Diamond Group and Rainbows Across Borders.
Meeting point details
We will be meeting on the corner of New Cavendish Street and Hallam Street, W1W 6XW at 12 noon sharp to be in our parade position for 12.30pm.
The Peter Tatchell Foundation is in the lead bloc of the parade; fifth from the front.
If you would like a PTF T-shirt to wear in the parade, please email Pliny Soocoormanee: Pliny@petertatchellfoundation.org confirming your attendance and preferred T-shirt size.
Suggested donation per T-shirt: £5.
Click here for pictures and more information about our T-shirts.
Background to the PTF’s LGBT-Muslim Solidarity campaign
“Our LGBT-Muslim Solidarity campaign was launched in East London in October 2015, in response to requests from LGBT Muslims who have suffered abuse and harassment, often from fellow Muslims. Our aim is to bring the Muslim and LGBT communities together, to oppose the intolerance, discrimination and hate crime that both communities suffer,” added Mr Tatchell.
“We want to support and empower LGBT Muslims, to give them a voice and visibility – and to tackle anti-LGBT prejudice in the Muslim community and anti-Muslim prejudice in the LGBT community”, said Mr Tatchell.
Pride march 2015
PTF’s Pride theme last year focused on legal discrimination against LGBT people in Northern Ireland, including the ban on same-sex marriage.
We look forward to seeing you at Pride London 2016!
If you are unable to join us, please consider making a donation to help the Peter Tatchell Foundation continue its fight to achieve equality and diversity for all. Click here, or the donate button below.
The PTF Team: Peter, Pliny and Anastasia