Statement from LCR Pride Foundation regarding homophobic attack in Anfield

On Saturday 22nd June, 2019, two men were subjected to an unprovoked homophobic attack while walking home in Anfield.

Below is a statement from LCR Pride Foundation regarding the attack. Our co-chair John Bird will be speaking about this further on North West Tonight today (23rd June) and on BBC Breakfast tomorrow morning (24th June).

Now, more than ever, our voices need to be heard.

“We are shocked and appalled by the unprovoked homophobic attack on two men walking home through Anfield on Saturday night. The Liverpool City Region prides itself on its diversity and acceptance. We have a large, vibrant and active LGBT+ community and consider the city a safe place for all.

“Yet this attack, alongside national statistics showing that homophobic and transphobic hate crimes have more than doubled in England and Wales over five years, demonstrates just how much work is still to be done for LGBT+ equality.

“It highlights how much education around diversity, which includes LGBT+ rights, is needed now more than ever. As an organisation, LCR Pride Foundation is continually working with the region’s six boroughs and collaborating with partners such as Merseyside Police and Diversity Role Models to ensure that our city region is a safe, friendly and accepting place for the LGBT+ community.”