On Saturday 15th October representatives from The Sussex Beacon attended the International Day of Hope and Remembrance solidarity vigil in Brighton. The event took place at the Old Steine Fountain and was part of National Hate Crime Awareness Week.
The first International Day of Hope and Remembrance was launched at the London Vigil Against Hate Crime which took place in 2009 following the death of Ian Baynham, who was homophobically abused and beaten in London.
Over the past seven years, the third Saturday in October has been established as a day when people around the globe organise solidarity vigils and events to show support to those who have been affected by hate crime.
Simon Dowe, Chief Executive of The Sussex Beacon said “This vigil gives us an opportunity to remember those around the World who have been affected by homophobia or hate crime. It also allows us to raise awareness of the issue, which doesn’t always get the publicity it deserves. It was encouraging to see such a big group of people attending this moving event.”
The Brighton & Hove Solidarity Vigil was organised by the Brighton & Hove Community Safety Forum.