18 February 2013, 11:01
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LGBT ASYLUM SEEKERS
Many LGBT people come to our country every year, trying to escape the persecution they face in their own countries over their sexuality. However, the UK Border Agency has been criticised by some for not providing support and not believing their stories. Movement for Justice has been campaigning for asylum rights for many years now and our reporter Alex MacDonald looks at what is being done to help ease the controversy over lesbian and gay asylum seekers. Details: http://www.movementforjustice.org/
Have you ever had days where you don't quite feel like yourself? Well, we went to visit people who have made transitions in their lives because of those very feelings. London is home to many cultures and alternative lifestyles. Many people come to the capital so they can live and express themselves with confidence. London360 visited people with gender dysphoria to give this community a voice.
LONDON GAY MEN'S CHORUS
This charming film examines how London's openly gay men's choir challenge preconceptions across the capital. Using vocal workshops and professional training the chorus visits a primary school in Stoke Newington and a school made up of children with disabilities to challenge prejudice and break down barriers. Through this film, an audience sees how music can break down boundaries, bring people together and provide real joy to the young people involved. Details: http://www.lgmc.org.uk/
London 360 attend UK Black Pride, the only event in the country that celebrates unity among people of African, Asian, Caribbean, Middle Eastern and Latin American descent who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Transgender. Reporter Maleena Pone went along to the catch up with the 2011 winner of Drag Idol, Nigerian-born Sona Ofu Tutu; flamboyant event host Ricki Beadle Blair; and 'wile out' with headliner Ms Dynamite. Details: http://www.ukblackpride.org.uk/
Do we need separate arts groups for the LGBT community? The UK is arguably one of the most diverse and accepting countries in the world, where people of different races, religions, and sexual orientation mix on a daily basis. However, when it comes to the arts, things seem to be more segregated. Is this necessary?
THE VOICE – London360's weekly newspaper column
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