Campaigners have called for an event held by anti-LGBT+ preacher Franklin Graham to be cancelled.

The American Evangelist preacher is due to appear at the ACC Liverpool on June 12 to "preach the truth of Jesus Christ".

But the booking has been met with outrage as people across the city say him and his views are not welcome here.

Among those who oppose the visit is the Liverpool Labour LGBT Network which has created a petition to be sent to Liverpool City Council.

Franklin Graham is booked to speak at the ACC Liverpool in June 2020

The group said: "We are writing for support from our locally elected council representatives in response to the platforming of homophobic hate preacher Franklin Graham at the M&S Arena on the 12th of June 2020."

"We fear that with such a high profile event gaining traction, Graham’s appearance may incite hateful mobilisation and risk the security of our LGBTQ+ community. 

"We ask the council to stand with our community in counter mobilisation, including refusing to host Graham’s roadshow at venues where the local authority has a stake."

The Liverpool City Region Pride Foundation has also penned an open letter to the CEO of ACC Liverpool, Mayor Joe Anderson and Liverpool City Council.

In the letter, the group state: "Graham is well known for their outspoken views about the LGBT+ community, including promoting hate of LGBT+ people as more important than education and openly supporting conversion therapy and the vicious attacks on our community in Russia amongst many other poisonous views.

"We write to you as we are sure that you share our stance that these types of dangerous views are not welcome in, or representative of, our great city and to ask that the booking is immediately reviewed and cancelled."

Franklin Graham has previously labelled homosexuality and gay marriage "a sin". In April 2019, tweeting about gay Christian US politician Pete Buttigieg, Graham said: "I believe the Bible which defines homosexuality as a sin, something to be repentant of".

In a 2014 interview, he compared same-sex adoption to "recruitment" and in 2016, while discussing LGBT+ influence on education, claimed the US was experiencing a "moral implosion" which he compared to the Twin Towers falling on 9/11.

His website states that his eight-date tour of the UK is to "preach amongst a nation searching for answers".

But a number of other people have also condemned the visit on Twitter.

Councillor Harry Doyle said: "Fully support this from @LPLGBTNetwork. There is no room for hate speech in our city.

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"This is a man who blamed the LGBT community for a ‘moral 9-11’. Cancel your flight mate, you’re not wanted here."

Franklin Graham and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association UK have been approached for comment.