Over 1,000 people braved pouring rain to attend the annual vigil against hate crimes in Trafalgar Square, London, last Saturday.
Speakers condemned violence against LGBT people, disabled people, ethnic minorities and women.
Stuart Milk, nephew of murdered gay US politician Harvey Milk, spoke movingly about the effect on him of his uncle’s death, at a time when he was just coming to terms with his own sexuality.
Alan Bailey of the National Union of Students won enthusiastic applause when he told the crowd, “If you attack one of us, you attack all of us. We will fight back, and we will win.”
Government equality minister Lynne Featherstone spoke, and a message of support from David Cameron was read out.
But for all their claims to support LGBT people, Con-Dem cuts are hitting LGBT charities.
Galop, London’s leading LGBT organisation fighting hate crime, faces what they describe as “huge cuts”.
Homelessness services and projects to stop homophobic bullying in schools are also under threat.