Liverpool Pride Commemorates Michael Causer Anniversary

By on Wednesday, July 30, 2014

michael_causer_vigilLiverpool will remember Michael Causer this weekend, when the city’s annual Pride celebrations take place on the sixth anniversary of the Whiston teenager’s death.

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.

2 Comments

  1. Abigjoke

    Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at 11:13 pm

    If you’re good enough to promote this terrible murder, you should at least get your facts correct.
    He was murdered in a house of a ‘friend’ (Michael Binsteed) who was helped in the cowardly act of covering it all up by a ghoul of a person. A person that visits his mortally wounded friend in intensive care, after ‘just getting off work’. Even though he’d watched Michael being beaten to the point of brain haemorrhage a few hours before (Kyle Kennedy). He considered both close friends…. Both of which were prosecuted for perverting the course of justice, after 3 days of lying they were caught out. Gavin Alker pleaded self defence and walked away. This a person of noticeable physical build and past.
    In his defence, James O’Connor had the decency of heart to plead guilty to the brutal beating which resulted in Michaels death. This from a ‘man’ that thought of himself as a Cage Fighter.
    We may think after reading this that it was just a random attack. It was not. Michael weighed 7.5 stone at the most. The people involved rivalled 6 times his weight, yet self defence was accepted.

    • Prescot Online

      Thursday, July 31, 2014 at 8:31 am

      The sentence in question has been amended.

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