Resist Franklin Graham Tour

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We are writing for support from our locally elected council representatives in response to the platforming of  homophobic hate preacher Franklin Graham at the M&S Arena on the 12th of June 2020.

Franklin Graham, who has already met resistance from the LGBTQplus community on his USA roadshow, is an active threat to the Equalities policy that is actively promoted by Liverpool City Council. He has publicly renounced the LGBTQ+ community, stating that we are responsible for a ‘moral 9-11’ and has opposed the USA’s Evangelical Christian equalities movement as a ‘mortal sin’. We fear that with such a high profile event gaining traction, Graham’s appearance may incite hateful mobilisation and risk the security of our LGBTQ+ community.  


We ask the council to stand with our community in counter mobilisation, including refusing to host Graham’s roadshow at venues where the local authority has a stake. To allow the platforming of hate speech is only diminishing the immediate safety of the LGBTQ+ community in Liverpool, but undermining the procedure which was democratically implemented in order to protect our immediate rights.


Signed


Liverpool Labour LGBT Network