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News: UK

Mon 14 Mar, 2011
By Sam Bristowe


The march is to let people know the East End is gay-friendly and not to be intimidated or afraid

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East London is set to stage its very own gay pride march next month following an anti-gay campaign that was posted up on walls and lampposts around the area.

Last month saw the East of the capital a-washed with anti-gay posters condemning the gay lifestyle and referring to the Muslim god of Allah and his punishment for such acts.

Many were outraged by the campaign, which featured a no entry sign over a rainbow, and it has now prompted a gay pride event to stand for the LGBT community, a first for the area.

Actress Wendy Richardson was prompted to act out against the campaign after she saw a number of the stickers plastered up outside her Shoreditch home.



Richardson decided to organise weekly ‘love bomb’ walks to get a group of people together and scour the areas taking down any of the stickers that had been put up.

Roughly 1,000 supporters are expected to attend the East End march next month which has the full backing from the local borough council of Tower Hamlets.

The event has been set up by transport workers in the Poplar area and is being headed up by Raymond Berry.

According to the East London Advertiser Mr Berry, 38, said about the march: “These stickers declaring a ‘gay free zone’ are outrageous and insulting.

“The march is to let people know the East End is gay-friendly and not to be intimidated or afraid.

“We’re not pointing figure at whoever was responsible for the stickers—that’s the job of the police.

“But we have to make a stand. This hatred is a slippery slope to a divided society.”

The march is on Saturday, April 2, starting 1pm from Shadwell’s King Edward Memorial Park, then via the Highway, Commercial Road and East India Dock Road, it will end in Woodstock Road for a rally at Poplar Recreational Park.

Those due to be taking part include the likes of London Deputy Mayor Richard Barnes, Poplar & Limehouse MP Jim Fitzpatrick and comedienne and Patron of Stonewall Sue Perkin’s.

 

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