The Slug & Lettuce Sutton team, headed-up by General Manager Samantha Sears, hosted an event on Saturday 16th October in association with Sutton LGBTQ+ Forum.
The event was organised in support of National Hate Crime Awareness week, which this year ran from 9th to 16th October. 17-24-30 National Hate Crime Awareness Week was founded in March 2009 by Mark Healey and Ryan Parkins to mark the 10th anniversary of the London Nail Bomb attacks in Brixton, Brick Lane and Soho. 17-24-30 takes its name from the dates of the three attacks; 17th, 24th and 30th April 1999.
Brandon Warren from Sutton LGBTQ+ Forum organised the event, which saw local council, community and business support along with national organisations including Stop Hate UK, Victim Support and Trans Radio UK. The event aimed to spread a message of support, acceptance and awareness of the Sutton LGBTQ+ community.
Mayor Trish Fivey and Deputy Mayor Annie Moral were in attendance. Both Mayor and Deputy Mayor expressed their support and that they were delighted to see an event of this kind taking place in Sutton.
General Manager of the Slug & Lettuce, Samantha Sears, said: “At Slug & Lettuce, we are a welcoming place for people from all communities. Our aim is to ensure the whole of Sutton is a safe and welcoming place too. We are proud to work in partnership with Sutton’s LGBTQ+ Forum and support the LGBT+ community. It was a great evening and we were happy to see such a fantastic turnout.”
The event continued into the night with entertainment from drag performers Miss Monroe Adams, Rosie Zinfandel and Coco Couture.
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