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10,000 say no to racism and homophobia at Pride in Newcastle

by Jack Blackett
Issue No. 2513

Pride in Newcastle

Pride in Newcastle (Pic: flickr/Paul Robertson)

Around 10,000 people marched through Newcastle as part of the annual Pride demonstration last Saturday.

There was a strong feeling of hope for a world free from homophobia, racism and discrimination.

LGBT+ Against Islamophobia launched a North East group with lots of people signing up and asking to be contacted.

Numerous people stopped to take photos with the banner.

Lee from Newcastle said, “It’s about time we saw a group up here that’s committed to forging solidarity between oppressed peoples in society.

“Whether gay or straight, black or white, Muslim, Christian or atheist we need to come together now more than ever to fight back against the tide of racism.”

For many on Pride, LGBT+ Against Islamophobia was their first real contact with politics beyond the mainstream.

All who got chatting to us came away determined to get involved and smash homophobia and racism.

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