Manchester: "Speak Up Speak Out" this Holocaust Memorial Day

Publish Date: 20/01/2012

January 27th 2012 is the annual commemoration of Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD), which provides an opportunity to remember all those who suffered persecution during the Nazi regime (1933-1945).

The official theme for HMD 2012 is "Speak Up, Speak Out". It asks individuals, groups and organisations to think about the rights, responsibilities and duties we all have to speak up when we see or hear something which we believe to be wrong.

One such community that is marking the day is Manchester’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGB&T) community.

The Lesbian & Gay Foundation are working together with The Albert Kennedy Trust, to encourage Manchester’s LGB&T community to get involved in this year’s Holocaust Memorial Day theme ‘Speak Up, Speak Out’, and share what issues they want to speak about, sharing on the lessons learned from the Holocaust, to highlight what still needs to be done to challenge the hatred, prejudice and discrimination experienced by LGB&T people today

“In 2012, Manchester’s LGB&T community knows only too well the problems that can come from not speaking up about hatred and discrimination, and we would like to make sure our communities can pay tribute to those who have gone before us, and at the same time help to raise awareness of the issues that still affect us today” says Andrew Gilliver, Communications Manager of The Lesbian & Gay Foundation.

“It is great to be able to host a joint event that brings the LGB&T community together to reflect and discuss issues that affect society today. The event should provide a great platform to discuss our thoughts further in a relaxed informal environment, and hear the views from both young and older members of the LGB&T community” says Darren Batey, Fundraising and Communications Officer at The Albert Kennedy Trust.

LGB&T Manchester ‘Speak Up, Speak Out’ Event

This free event will be held on Thursday 26th January 2012 at 7pm at The Lesbian & Gay Foundation’s Community Resource Centre, Number 5, Richmond Street, M1 3HF. With guest speakers, and the opportunity to come along and have your say about the issues that matter to you most. We are also encouraging attendees to ‘bring a dish’ to this community event.

For more information, or to advise us about any access requirements please contact andrew.gilliver@lgf.org.uk or darren.batey@akt.org.uk

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For more information on Holocaust Memorial Day visit http://www.hmd.org.uk/