The third Queer Night Pride demonstration will take place in London in response to yet another massive rise in annual hate crime figures. See ‘Night Pride Is Reclaiming the Streets For LGBTQ People’ from Queer Night Pride 2.

Official government statistics* from 2021-2022 have reported a 41% increase in hate crimes against Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual people, and a staggering 56% increase in transphobic hate crime. Meanwhile, charity Galop reports that demand for their hate crime support services has grown by 19% in the last six months alone.**

This Friday, October 14th at 8pm, protesters will gather outside the well known LGBTQIA+ venue The Cock Tavern in Kennington and march to Parliament Square. Facebook event page here

Speakers at Parliment Square include representatives from the Transprisoner Alliance, Muslim LGBT+ Network, Gay Liberation Front and The Rainbow Tree (the LGBTQIA+ Banglasdeshi solidarity network).

We cannot allow trans, non-binary and queer people in our communities to face such unchecked violence. WE FIGHT BACK. Queer night pride is a protest! Not a demand for equality. Not a demand for better policing. Not a demand for mere tolerance and acceptance.

We take to the streets for liberation, for queer revolution, not mere inclusion! We take to the streets for us and each other, stronger for our multiplicities. We refuse to conform, and we will not live in fear.

Everyone is welcome to join our protest against the new wave of brutal attacks against marginalised communities across the UK. We will meet all attacks with resistance and protest.

Testimonials

“Queer Night Pride is vital to show solidarity to our LGBTQ+ comrades and elevate the voices of those under threat from hate.” Ejel Khan, Muslim LGBT+ Network.

“The Rainbow Tree wants to create an online safe platform for the British Bangladeshi and for Bangladeshi queer community around the world. We believe that Queer Night Pride will work as a night bird to convey our message to our family, friends, community and society to stop hate crime consciously or unconsciously and to bring a glorious morning for the British Bangladeshi community and Bangladeshi queer community around the world. If you can’t love us then don’t but stop hating us.” Mazharul Islam, Rainbow Tree.

“These protests are really important to me, especially at the moment, with the ongoing culture war this government is waging. It’s important to me, as a trade unionist, as a feminist, and I feel a special duty to be here as a lesbian!” Anita Downs, Trade Union Activist

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