Blackpool Tower rainbow lights to greet anti-LGBT US preacher

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Source: The Guardian

BY Religion correspondent

Blackpool Tower will light up in rainbow colours this weekend in solidarity with LGBT people as Franklin Graham, the US conservative evangelical with links to Donald Trump and a track record of homophobic and Islamophobic comments, preaches at a Christian festival in the northern seaside town.

A rainbow flag will also fly from the tower. “The council is a strong supporter of all equalities issues and we use the rainbow flag and its derivatives on a regular basis to demonstrate that support across the whole year,” a council spokesperson said.

The preacher, the son of the late Billy Graham, will be the main attraction at the three-day Festival of Hope, which opens at the Winter Gardens on Friday. It has been organised by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association with the support of local churches from different denominations.

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