Hundreds Gather In Manchester To Show Solidarity For Orlando
In a show of solidarity with the people of Orlando and with LGBT people everywhere, hundreds gathered at Canal Street, Manchester today. Similar gatherings also took place in a number of cities across the UK to mourn the dead and to support the living.
Canal Street in my home city of Manchester is a sort of hub for the local LGBT community and more popularly known as ‘the gay village’ – housing a number of gay bars and restaurants.
There’s an established history (tradition?) of vandalising the ‘Canal Street’ sign in the area by removing the ‘C’.
Got it? There you go.
I went along to show my support and join in the hand holding. Hundreds of people gathered to hold hands and form a human chain around the area, culminating in applause:
It’s a symbolic gesture I know, but I do think these things can be meaningful. It’s a way of showing fascistic theocrats that LGBT people will not be bullied into hiding who they are from the world.
It’s also a way for non-LGBT people like myself to show my fellow humans that I stand with them against those who wish to do them harm. So many people turned up that the chain had to expand to adjacent streets.