Sir Ian McKellen Shows Support for Homotopia in Liverpool England

 is Liverpool’s annual
celebration of Queer Culture,
 every November.

Queer culture is truly celebrated with Liverpool’s first ever-dedicated perspective of events by and for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

Homotopia is a bold and ambitious festival featuring a variety of events including theatre, film, art, performance, photography, heritage and storytelling.

Lord Of The Rings star  Sir Ian McKellen has pledged  support and backing to Liverpool’s LGBT arts group.  “I fully support Homotopia’s determination to tackle the violence which defaces the reputation of Liverpool as a friendly, inclusive community. Homophobia, in all its manifestations, should always be challenged. We are all different, thank goodness: we all deserve to be treated equally with respect.”   Said the popular star,  who was impressed with the way Homotopia galvanised the  LGBT community in the city following  the brutal murder of  Michael Causer and the horrifying homophobic attack on  policeman James Parkes in Liverpool’s gay quarter last year.

Homotopia’s latest project features a group of lesbian and gay teenagers from the northern UK city travel to  World War II concentration and death camp Auschwitz -Birkenau to see first hand the effects of hate crime.    This special trip has been turned into a documentary,  also a education pack has been produced,  it’s aim is to inform young people about homophobic bullying,  hate crime and the effects of  discrimination and prejudice.   The pack and documentary is being made available to 100 Liverpool school and will be seen by over  20,000 young people.

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