Mother of murdered teen to lead Liverpool Pride march

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The mother of a gay teenager from Merseyside who was murdered three years ago will lead Liverpool’s Pride march later.

Michael Causer, 18, from Whiston, was attacked in the Huyton area of the city on 3 August 2008 and Pride organisers believed the anniversary of the hairdressers’ death should be remembered at this year’s event. His attacker was jailed for life and denied it was a homophobic attack.

Organisers of the event, celebrating lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities, chose to hold it around the anniversary of Mr Causer’s death.

Marie Causer told the BBC that the march was a celebration but added: “I just wish Michael was here to party because he would have been so excited, it’s tinged with sadness but happiness as well.”