The move, which was announced earlier this week, comes after a
21 per cent rise in gay hate crime in Tower Hamlets.
Supporters of the initiative include journalist Julie Bindel and
author Paul Burston, who have voiced their concern after a man who
distributed 'anti-gay stickers' in Esat London was fined just
Now, activists claim that some preachers at the East London Mosque
and the London Muslim Centre have "created an atmosphere in which
hate is socially acceptable; they have spread a message in which
maiming and violence is the most dutiful, honourable, devout thing
Speaking to The Guardian newspaper a representative for the
campaign said: "The East London Mosque claims to have no
responsibility over those who speak there. They also claims to be
opposed to the 'gay-free zone' campaign and homophobia.
"We demand that the East London Mosque live up to its stated word,
take ownership of its platform and stop allowing its premises to be
used to promote gay-hate campaigns."