Racist EDL Behind East End Gay Pride Event

muslim_gay_300x225First, as I wrote a short time back, Johann Hari writes his vitriolic article inciting anti-Muslim racism by effectively labelling all Muslim people homophobic. Then it emerged that an event calling itself the East End Gay Pride was being organised in the East End of London to mobilise against homophobic stickers that had appeared around the neighbourhood. Organisations such as Imaan and the Safra Project, set up to combat homophobia in the Muslim community had suspected since the beginning that the event was being organised by members of the racist English Defence League. Now proof that that is the case has emerged thanks to work done by Imaan which can be read here. In particular, Imaan found that the organiser of the East End Gay Pride event, Raymond Berry, had had his membership of the Rail and Maritime Trades Union revoked for being a vocal member of the EDL.

Imaan is calling for a “truly inclusive community-led Pride March” to take place as the best response to these revelations and the EDL’s attempt to foment hatred for Muslims among the East End gay community. The Safra Project calls for the event to be cancelled.

The Safra Project has opened a page for comments and messages of solidarity.


  • Alana Lentin

    March 16, 2011

    I have just read this brilliant and incisive comment from Decolonize Queer: http://www.decolonizequeer.org/

    Please include this comment when forwarding! “You can become a signatory by writing to info@decolonizequeer.org (current list of signatories: http://www.decolonizequeer.org/?page_id=2).
    We also want to hear from people… who …have done activ…ism around queer gentrification, and are willing to swap resources and experiences that we’re still lacking in Europe.
    Finally, don’t forget to support the Safra Project, the queer Muslim women’s group who wrote the earlier kick-ass statement! (http://www.safraproject.org) As they’re at the frontline and getting a lot of hassle right now. Leave messages on their website – they love to hear from qpocs and allies everywhere.”

  • Alana Lentin

    March 17, 2011

    East End gay Pride is cancelled: http://www.eastendgaypride.com/Home.html

    But check the language of ‘regret’ and the silence around the issue of the EDL.

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