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.



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9 responses to “#TieForHelena

  1. Brilliant idea, Patrick. I’ve posted it to South London Swimming Club and other swimming friends are posting and it’s getting a lot of support. Will Helena see the pictures and posts if we tag them?

  2. Sally Bird

    Great idea, many of us are wearing ties and swimming this Tuesday from Beyond the Blue in Poole. ๐Ÿ‘

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