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BENDER DEFENDERS
www.benderdefenders.com

WHO ARE WE?

BENDER DEFENDERS is a community empowerment, Muay Thai and self-defence training movement empowering our community and confronting rising hate crime. 

Prior to the pandemic we witnessed more hate crime attacks against the LGBTQIA+ community and all minority groups and across AND WE AIN’T GONNA STAND FOR IT after the pandemic. Our ask? Come to our training sessions. Wear the jackets, Take to the streets. Protect ourselves and our community. Get involved – www.benderdefenders.com / queernightpride@gmail.com


I’VE GOT MY JACKET, WHAT DO I DO NOW?

Hate crime has risen 150% in recent years and is predicted to rise even more  post lockdown. AND WE AIN’T GONNA STAND FOR IT! So:
Wear the jacket, look hot, give a jacket to a mate, take some pics of them looking hot, post on social media etc.
Skill up by joining our regular fitness/self-defence classes. Details on our website.
Get involved through the links below to join us and help us organise so that when streets reopen, we’re ready to keem ‘em safe.

I’M WEARING MY JACKET, LOOKING HOT, AND GETTING SOME REACTIONS.
NOW WHAT?


These fantastic jackets certainly demand attention! Here’s how to respond:
If people want to know where they can get a jacket – share the Bender Defenders contact details below, spread the joy!
If people want to know what inspired the movement – why Phil, why Ash? Why Pat? Because we are inspired by the immortal actions of our patron saints Ash Kaur (part of the first Benders lesbian Muslim couple along with Iqra) standing up to homophobes here at min. 6.20; Patron Saint Phil Mitchell after confronting Jonny Highway and his ‘disgusting muck-loving faggot’ abuse and Pat Butcher for being a queer icon and in real life being a lifelong campaigner for LGBTQI+ rights.
If you experience any harassment of any kind – … or join one of our Bender Defenders self-defence sessions using the details on our site

SOCIALS/HOW CAN I FOUND OUT MORE?
Email: queernightpride@gmail.com to join the Google Group
          Sign up to our public facebook page ‘BECOME A BENDER DEFENDER’ here. 
@bender_defenders_

ORDER JACKETS / GET INVOLVED

Would you like to pre-order a jacket (£60 each)? Send us your design request – either Ash, Pat or Phil – and size to queernightpride@gmail.com – they come in burgundy, petrol blue, green and black and in sizes small, medium, large and extra-large

Do you work in media, fashion, entertainment, venues, music and would like some BENDER DEFENDER product placement? Then send your order request to queernightpride@gmail.com

Do you work in the nightclub industry, music and events? Then send your order request to queernightpride@gmail.com

Are you a lawyer who can provide legal support to our growing BENDER DEFENDERS network? Then email queernightpride@gmail.com

Are you a mum who wants to defend your queer child? Then join the BENDER DEFENDER MUMS WING by emailing queernightpride@gmail.com

Watch this space for the announcement of the Bender Defender training programme.

Are you a fascist, bigot or homophobe? Then you can F*CK OFF.

Ash design by the brilliant Miss Bad Child at brenda_goodchild@yahoo.com and Phil design by the great Mark Glasgow at markglasgowdesign@gmail.com

Printing through ‘No Sweat(shop)’ clothing at www.nosweat.org.uk.