LGBTQ+ activists in Sheffield are trying to have Franklin Graham’s upcoming UK tour cancelled.
The eight-date tour gets underway in Glasgow on May 30 and will visit cities across mainly England, with one stop in Wales, before wrapping up at the 02 Arena in London on October 4.
Graham, an outspoken critic of same-sex marriage and staunch supporter of Donald Trump, said he would be bringing the “same powerful message” to the UK as his father, the late evangelist Billy Graham, who visited the country on a number of occasions.
But gay activists in Sheffield claim that he promotes homophobic views and are pushing for the cancellation of his tour date at the city’s FlyDSA Arena on June 6.
A letter signed by 22 members of the city’s LGBTQ+ community has been sent to Sheffield City Trust, which runs the venue, saying that Graham should not be welcomed to the city.
“Franklin Graham has repeatedly publicly promoted his homophobic beliefs, including but not limited to branding homosexuality a sin,” they write, according to the Guardian.
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