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That went well…

… in fact it went very well.

Yesterday was #TieForHelena day. It was done to show support for someone who was attacked just for wearing a tie. We wanted to tell homophobia to get knotted. There was one hell of a response from people.

See all the Twitter #TieForHelena posts here.
See all the Facebook #TieForHelena posts here.

There were a number of news stories, articles and blogs written on this:

The Telegraph

We had people wear ties with shirts:

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And people wear ties without shirts:

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And bow ties:

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We had people in offices wear ties:

We’ve had swimmers in ties:

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And non-swimming swimmers:

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We even had teddy bears:

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And babies:

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But most importantly – and this was the main reason for #TieForHelena, to show Helena that we are all supporting her and want her to have the confidence to wear a tie again after the attack – we had Helena herself wearing a tie:

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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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