A swimming friend of mine was attacked only a street away from her own home in London last night.
She believes the attack was a homophobic attack and that the perpetrator singled her out because of how she was dressed – especially that she was wearing tie. Read the article and see the photos in the Evening Standard.
There was a line from the Facebook post she made that really struck me:
“I don’t think I’ll be rocking a tie in the near future.”
I called Helena a friend of mine in the intro to this piece, but strangely we’ve never actually met, instead we’re social media buddies through shared swimming experiences – Helena did a channel relay with someone I went to SwimTrek Majorca with. And one thing that I used to love was seeing the photos Helena updated with her wearing a new tie, she definitely did ‘rock’ that look, so I hope this horrible attack doesn’t make her too scared to rock it again.
I think that we should show support for Helena by all of us wearing a tie – so we can all rock that look.
If you already wear a tie to work, then great, you’re part of the gang. If you don’t, then for one day, please do. You can wear it rakishly, dashingly, with a suit, with slacks, or maybe even ‘Rambo style’ like we used to on the school playground occasionally. However you wear it, please take a photo and upload it to social media with the hashtag #TieForHelena.
Let’s all do this on Tuesday 15th December.
Let’s show idiot homophobes that they are in the minority and let’s hopefully give Helena the courage to rock a tie again.