Remembrance event in memory of Orlando victims to be held on Eastbourne seafront

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An event to remember the victims of the Orlando massacre is being held at the Wish Tower on Eastbourne seafront on June 19 (8pm).

Eastbourne LGBT group Bourne Out will hold a short event of reflection and remembrance in memory of the victims of the tragic shooting at Pulse nightclub.

The event will include words of reflection from speakers including Bourne Out chairperson Betty Gallacher, Sussex Downs College principal Mike Hopkins and former MP Stephen Lloyd.

This will be followed by lighting of candles, silent reflection and a crowd song tribute led by local MD Kerry Evenden with members of her Bourne to Sing choir.

Betty said, “Our thoughts are with the family and friends of all those affected by the Orlando shooting.

“The remembrance event is our small way of honouring the memory of those lost in the tragedy and to stand united together against hate.

“We welcome everyone in Eastbourne who would like to pay their respects to join us as a community.”

Barry Hacker, LGBT champion/Lead on LGBT Sussex Downs College, added “This attack reminds us how important it is to stand in solidarity as a community.

“It is scary that things like this happen and I want people to feel empowered that they can do something. Sussex Downs College has a great partnership with our LGBT liaison police officers PC Vicki Bishop and PC Matt West.

“A few months back we had hate crime talks at Lewes and Eastbourne college campuses from PC Matt. It is positive that hate crime is now being reported.

“People are coming forward even when they witness hate crime, as it does not have to be the victim reporting it to make a case and for a prosecution to happen.

“By doing this together we can stop hate crimes from escalating and hopefully stop these horrible things happening.”

If you would like to speak at the event or would like any further information, email scotty@bourneout.com or peter@bourneout.com before the event on Sunday.

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