17-May-2007

IDAHO } Tooks Chambers } Camden LGBT Forum

On May 17th Tooks Chambers, ( 8 Warner Yard, Warner Street, EC1R 9EY) LAGLA and Camden LGBT Forum present Paul Harfleet’s Pansy Project as part of a two month series of events to mark IDAHO (International Day Against Homophobia). On May 17th Paul will be marking 100 locations where homophobic abuse has been reported with 100 pansies; one pansy will be planted at each site located across the borough of Camden. Every pansy will be photographed and placed on his website: www.thepansyproject.com.

This will coincide with an exhibition of photographs showing at Tooks Chambers the series of pictures mark where Paul Harfleet has experienced homophobic abuse in the streets, each picture shows a pansy which has been planted and entitled after the abuse received an example of which is shown above. At a closing event on July 13th the exhibition will be supplemented by pictures taken during the 100 pansy planting event. Money raised from a subsequent auction will be donated to organisations that help the victims of homophobia across the world: JFLAG (Jamaica), Mozaika (Latvia), Aswat (Palestine) and GALZ (Zimbabwe).

Tooks Chambers was founded on 1st May 1984 at the height of the Miners' Strike. Much of the early work of members was defending miners wrongly accused of riot and affray. From that beginning, Tooks has grown to be a large modern and efficient chambers offering services across a wide range of civil and criminal law, but it is still driven by the profound belief in human rights and civil liberties for all www.tooks.co.uk. Camden LGBT Forum undertakes a range of projects designed to improve services for LGBT people in the borough, notably in connection with homophobic, biphobic and transphobic harassment and hate crime. The forum works in collaboration with the police and the council where appropriate to tackle problems faced by the LGBT communities. www.camdenlgbtforum.org.uk. LAGLA is the Lesbian and Gay Lawyers Association for England and Wales. Although most of our members are in London we have members all over the country. We have regular parties where members can meet other gay and lesbian lawyers and make contact in a social informal atmosphere. We also organise lectures, seminars and conferences. www.lagla.org.uk