London far-right bombings – Never forget, never again

Today marks 21 years since the nail bomb attack on the packed Admiral Duncan pub in Soho, the heart of London’s LGBT+ community.

The aftermath of the Admiral Duncan pub bombing, April 30th 1999

This followed bomb attacks in Brixton and Brick Lane, targeting black and Asian people. The attacks killed three people and injured 140.

Eleven years ago today I was about to give a presentation on LGBT+ young people’s mental health as part of a Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services event on equality and diversity in Warrington. Then the projector failed.

Thinking on my feet, having followed a speaker on the mental health of young people with minority ethnic backgrounds, I recalled the anniversary of the bombing and reminded the room that we have more in common than divides us, as those who would seek to harm one minority are unlikely to respect the needs of another.

After the presentation a member of the audience came and thanked me as they had a relative who was in the Admiral Duncan pub at the time of the bomb attack.

#NeverForget #NeverAgain

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