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Thousands Cram Liverpool Street for Vigil Against Anti-Gay Hate


Following a massive vigil held in London's Trafalgar Square on Friday night, thousands turned out on Sunday for another vigil in Liverpool in honor of James Parkes, a police trainee who was attacked by a gang of up to 20 youths after leaving a bar last week.

Parkes was discharged from the hospital on Friday and is recovering at home, the BBC reports.

Said Parkes' partner Tom Downey at the vigil: "We have been amazed at the amount of support and best wishes that Jay and our families have received. We are pleased to see people are as outraged by this attack as we are."

Watch some amazing scenes and speeches from the vigil and an interview with Downey (below), AFTER THE JUMP...


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  1. The churches in England as well as the United States bare a large responsibility for abetting violence. Until the Anglicans and the Catholics take a stand and come out publicly against violence especially to gays there will continue to be beatings.

    Posted by: James Poppinga | Nov 2, 2009 5:26:14 PM

  2. Schools in Liverpool are turning down education packs about homophobia because "they don't have any homosexuals in their school"?

    I think we have a pointer to the problem right there. There are really head teachers who can say that with a straight face (no pun intended)? Surely that points to either incompetence or blatant homophobia. The question comes at 2m26s of Tom Downey's video (number 4).

    Posted by: Graham Anderson | Nov 3, 2009 9:19:50 AM

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