Gay Pride celebration remembers Steven

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A Gay Pride event in Barnsley was dedicated to a teenager who died after being set on fire during his 18th birthday party.

Steven Simpson from Cudworth died after suffering burns and his attacker was later jailed for three and a half years for manslaughter.

Organisers of Sunday’s street party in the town centre were given special permission to dedicate the day to Steven by his mum Bernadette

Steven, who had learning difficulties, was bullied during the party at his flat due to his disability and sexuality.

Tanning oil was poured over him by other people at the party before he was set alight.

Spokesman Kevan Riggett said: “We felt that it was a tragic loss of life just as he was starting to learn about his life, his sexuality and we feel we just can’t lose his memory. We wanted to show his family we’ve not forgotten about him and he’s still with us in our thoughts.”