After the plantings at each location Lou would read a list of the abuse that had been received in the nearby area; the information collated with the help of the police is testament to the veracity of the incidents that have been reported, as you can see on the main site and here on the blog. It never ceases to amaze me that people still feel able to express this hatred without shame.
However the way in which the assembled group reacted to the reading of this torrent of abuse was very moving a mixture of reluctant acceptance and restrained anger. The event and ‘The Pansy Project’ generally enabled a context for a response that seemed calm and gentle and as we as a group left each collection of pansies in the world I felt very moved.
"Fuck off and die Faggots!" planted on Tottenham Court Road, in the shadow of Centre Point.
For the recent IDAHO event I was involved with a two projects I was delighted to be able to show a selection of photographs at Tooks Chambers. The opening was on the evening of the 17th May and was an interesting event with some speakers and a chance to see 11 photographs of pansies from Margate to New York. The exhibition is open until July 13th when a closing event will take place, including an auction of the photographs that will help raise funds for global charities dealing with homophobia.
Above a participant planting an additional pansy at Tottenham Court Road
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 (
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