Franklin Graham had big plans for touring the UK this June but he’s having to rethink this now that every single venue where he was scheduled to appear has dropped him after being informed of his hateful views.
His evangelical tour, scheduled for eight shows, would have coincided with Pride month but the ax began swinging in Graham’s direction when the first venue in Liverpool canceled him, saying it couldn’t in good conscience allow him to appear due to his hateful statements, which event organizers described as “incompatible with our values.”
The Utilita Arena in New Castle was the last venue to cancel Graham’s tour, following a string of cancellations in Birmingham, Newport, Glasgow, Milton Keynes, Sheffield, and Liverpool. Graham had also planned to appear in London but wasn’t able to find a venue.
Utilita arena confirmed the cancellation Wednesday, noting:
“Following talks with our partners and relevant stakeholders we can confirm that the Franklin Graham event scheduled at the Utilita Arena Newcastle in June will not take place.”
“We would like to thank everyone who got behind the campaign and signed our petition, to make a stand and show that anti-LGBT+ speech is not welcome in Newcastle.”
In response to the cancelations, Graham’s organization, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association is now considering lawsuits against the venues, Friendly Atheist reports.