LGBT Pride and History at Plymouth Respect Festival 2013

We are very excited to have been offered the use of a large space on the first floor of the Roland Lavinsky Building at Plymouth University as part Plymouth Respect Festival that will take place over the weekend of 12th and 13th October 2013.

This will enable us to display a considerable amount of the collected archive material and effectively re-create the Pride in Our Past Exhibition that was on show for nine weeks at Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery between April 28th and 30th June 2012. Unfortunately it will not be possible to bring the Warren Cup back to Plymouth unless someone wants to nick it from the British Museum in London… (only joking). We hope to be able to run a few workshops and have a quiet space suitable for collecting more oral histories, personal stories and experiences for inclusion in the archive.

For more information about the Plymouth Respect Festival visit:

Pride in Plymouth will also use the Respect Festival to launch ticket sales for the LGBT History Month Ball that will take place at Devonport Guildhall on Saturday February 8th 2014.

As it happens the 12th October marks the start of Hate Crime Awareness Week which provides us with an opportunity to use our time at the Respect Festival to collect your experiences of Hate Crime and incidents which we can then present to the Police and Council.

The Home Office and the Association of Chief Police Officers have a nationally agreed the definition of Hate Crime:

 “A hate crime is any incident which is perceived by the victim or any other person to be motivated by prejudice against a persons’ race, colour, ethnic origin, nationality, asylum seeker status, religion, sexual orientation , gender identity or disability”

A Hate Incident is defined as:

“Any incident which may or may not constitute a criminal offence which is perceived by the victim or any other person, as being motivated by prejudice or hate”.

Hate Crime Awareness week will culminate with vigils against hate crime being held across the UK on Sturday 19th October.

The Plymouth Vigil is being organised by Pride in Plymouth and will take place at the Sundial in the heart of the city centre at 7.30pm on Saturday 19th October, there will be a minutes silence at 8pm to remember the victims of hate.

Plymouth Vigil Against Hate Crime Poster

Plymouth Vigil Against Hate Crime Saturday 19th October 2013. Meet at the Sundial from 7.30pm.

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  1. What are the council and police doing regarding tackling hate crime and increasing confidence in reporting in particular homophobic and transphobic abuse that is very prevalent in this city? What are they doing to support the vigil? Does Pride in Plymouth receive any financial or direct support from the council? Just not seen any posters up in the council buildings or any mention of the vigil on their website.

    • Dear Jack,

      Thank you for your questions the first regarding what the council and police are doing to tackle hate crime is one many people are asking, and this will be asked as part of Pride in Plymouth’s Hate Crime Awareness activities. As for what they are doing to support the vigil Pride in Plymouth will be ‘nagging’ them to support the event. As for your final question Pride in Plymouth does not receive any financial or direct support form the council. I suggest that you make contact with Pride in Plymouth directly for more information

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