February 21st 2023.
A vigil for Brianna Ghey in Birmingham was interrupted by homophobic abuse
A vigil held in memory of Brianna Ghey was disrupted by a group of young men gatecrashed the event to hurl homophobic abuse at attendees.
The killing of 16-year-old Brianna has sparked an outpouring of grief throughout the country, which has seen thousands take to the streets to hold candlelit vigils in her memory.
Footage of the event, which was shared with BirminghamLive but not made public, saw individuals interrupt speakers by shouting ‘f*** LGBT rights’ and other homophobic slurs.
Mourners in the crowd were heard responding: ‘no one’s telling you to be here,’ while another implores the group to ‘calm down now please’.
Hundreds attended the vigil in Birmingham; a further video shared by ‘I am Birmingham’ on Twitter shared a separate moment during the event where an interview with Birmingham trans activist Eva Echo was interrupted by another group shouting ‘f*** LGBT f*** you all.’
‘And that’s exactly why we need to come together,’ Eva told the interviewer in response to the abuse.
‘That hate, that ignorance, comes from an area of lack of understanding and people aren’t born full of hate,’ they noted.
‘That hate is learnt and picked up, so the more that we can be visible, the more that we can educate, the more we can stamp out hate completely.’
‘We stand with Brianna and send our condolences to Brianna’s family in this difficult time,’ said Adam Khan, co-facilitator of TranSpectrum.
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