VIDEO: Minute of noise in Sheffield Peace Gardens

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The Peace Gardens in Sheffield were not quite so peaceful as gay rights campaigners made a minute of noise to mark the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia.

Hundreds of people turned out to make a racket for 60 seconds - exactly 23 years to the day since the World Health Organisation removed homosexuality from its list of mental disorders.

Campaigners heard speeches from Steve Slack, director of the Centre for Sexual Health and HIV in Sheffield, as well as representatives from South Yorkshire Police, Sheffield Council and Hollaback Sheffield.

After a poem, ‘Respect Me’, was read by the Say It group, a crescendo of noise echoed around the Peace Gardens for a minute. Mr Slack said: “We’re not demanding special rights, we’re demanding equal rights.”

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