Liverpool Pride Commemorates Michael Causer Anniversary
Michael died of brain injuries on 2 August 2008, a week after being attacked following a party at a house in Huyton. He was 18.
In 2011, mother Maria Causer established the Michael Causer Foundation as a registered charity in his memory. Her aim is to raise money to provide support and accommodation for young and vulnerable lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the North West.
The death also spurred on Liverpool’s LGBT community to build a safer city for everyone, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. Liverpool Pride, founded in 2010, has been part of this legacy.
Michael was proud to be gay and would have loved to attend Pride, his mum said. “He’d have been so excited he wouldn’t have been able to sleep.”
“We remember Michael every second of every day”, Maria added, “but because Pride falls on his anniversary this year, it makes it so much more special. For everybody to come together means everything to us.
“It’s lovely to have the support of people. At the same time, we hope it’s nice for the LGBT community to know that they have the support of us, too.”
This year’s fairy-tale-themed Liverpool Pride kicks off with a march starting at 12 noon from St George’s Hall, followed by an afternoon of live music and entertainment throughout the city, centred around the waterfront and Stanley Street Quarter.
Guest acts include Katy B, Sonia, Sam Fox and the cast of hit West End musical Wicked, which comes to the Liverpool Empire in September.
Attendees will remember Michael Causer in speeches from 11am outside St George’s Hall, and then at 5.45pm, with the screening of a special film and a two-minute silence at the event’s Waterfront Stage.
More event information, including tickets, is online at www.liverpoolpride.co.uk.
Find out more about the Michael Causer Foundation at www.michaelcauserfoundation.org.uk.