Safe to Sing event on the tram following homophobic attack

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Manchester Lesbian & Gay Chorus take to the trams to sing following a recent homophobic attack in Piccadilly Gardens.

Following the brutal homophobic attack of Jean-Claude Manseau and Jake Heaton in Piccadilly Gardens last weekend, Manchester Lesbian & Gay Chorus (MLGC) will be taking to the trams with a 'Safe to Sing' event.

MLGC will be travelling on trams between St Peter's Square and Piccadilly station singing songs to celebrate freedom and love as a community response to the brutal attack over the weekend.

City centre councillor Kevin Peel said:

"This sickening and cowardly attack on two young men by a gang of 15 thugs in the heart of the city centre sent shockwaves across Manchester and beyond.

"We live in one of the most tolerant and diverse cities in the world, yet LGBT people still live with the threat of violence.

"As a gay man I have never felt afraid to walk the streets of Manchester and I don't intend to start now.

"I know the police are investigating and I hope the perpetrators will be brought swiftly to justice.

"This event by MLGC is vital to show that the LGBT community will not be silenced by this tiny minority of thugs. I encourage anyone to attend. I look forward to singing along."

MLGC will board a Piccadilly bound tram in St Peter's Square at 8pm and ride between Piccadilly and St Peter's Square before disembarking in Piccadilly Gardens at around 8.45pm and heading to Canal Street where there will be a final performance at Taurus bar.

Anyone with information about the incident can call police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.


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