Plymouth Pride tribute on Holocaust Memorial Day

A floral pink triangle tribute will be laid at the end of the Holocaust Memorial Day service next week at Mount Edgcumbe, Cornwall, to remember people from lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans (LGBT) communities persecuted in Nazi Germany and other subsequent genocides.

The tribute has been donated by Plymouth Pride Event, which organises the region’s largest annual LGBT event each summer.

Paul Roberts, community development manager and deputy director of the Intercom Trust, which has offices in Exeter and Redruth, will lay the tribute on behalf of the region’s LGBT Collective.

The gesture will conclude a simple but moving ceremony of remembrance at the memorial tree in the English Garden at Mount Edgcumbe, at 12.30 pm, on Wednesday, January 27.

The ceremony will also involve the Lord Mayor of Plymouth Councillor Ken Foster, Lady Mayoress Mrs Wendy Foster, and speakers representing three faiths.

Paul Roberts said: “The significance of the tribute is that the Nazis made gay men wear a pink triangle symbol to identify them as homosexuals.

“We want to remember the victims and honour the survivors of state sponsored hatred in Nazi-occupied Europe, in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia, and Darfur, and take the time to see how the lessons of the past can play a part in our communities today.

“January 27 this year also marks the 65th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp.

“On this day, the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust is challenging everybody across the UK to become part of a ‘Legacy of Hope’, which involves making a pledge to show respect for people from other cultures and backgrounds.”

Also during the day on January 27, Plymouth Pride Event is playing an important role in an exhibition in Plymouth’s Lower Guildhall explaining the background, aims, and objectives of Holocaust Memorial Day, created by a number of local groups and organisations.

The exhibition, from 12 noon to 9 pm, will feature a Plymouth Pride Event display telling the history of homosexuals and lesbians in Nazi Germany and the Holocaust, and includes supporting materials and books, and time for quiet reflection.

From 7.30 pm in the Lower Guildhall, there will also be ‘An Evening of Reflection’ through words and music, exploring responses to this year’s theme ‘The Legacy of Hope’, which will run until 9 pm.

Plymouth’s Deputy Lord Mayor Councillor Jonathan Drean, and Deputy Lady Mayoress Mrs Geraldine Drean, will be among those attending the reflection evening.

Anybody who would like to help with manning the exhibition in the Lower Guildhall should email jonathan.marshall@plymouth.gov.uk.

More information about Plymouth Pride Event can be found by visiting www.plymouthprideevent.org.uk, or by emailing info@plymouthprideevent.org.uk, or by telephoning 07753 339965.

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