Plymouth united with many cities across the UK by holding a candle lit vigil and minutes silence at 8pm on the 28th October 2011 which coincided with a vigil against hate crime held in Trafalgar Square London.
The Plymouth vigil was organised by Plymouth University Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Trans group UP : LGBT, the London event and and national coordination was undertaken by the National Union of Students (NUS). The Vigil came about after the NUS published a report looking at the impact of hate crimes and incidents in further and higher education.
The report contains some distressing finds:
Nearly one in three lesbian, gay, or bisexual (LGB) students said they had experienced at least one hate incident related to their sexual orientation during their current studies.
Even more shockingly, almost half of trans students (45 per cent) had experienced hate incidents motivated by prejudice against their gender identity.
The full version of this report will be available from NUS Connect soon. It is one of a series of four reports by NUS, which explore the extent and nature of hate incidents among students across the UK.
Designed to ensure safe passage and to give hope to ships in turbulent seas Smeatons tower has always been a beacon of hope, for the suffragettes who scrawled slogans of justice across it, to the couples who danced in it’s shadows to defy Hitler’s bombers in WW2 … and tonight we light candles to show solidarity against hate crime & remember it’s victims!
Alan Pottinger (PPF Chair)
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