Members of Brighton and Hove’s LGBT+ communities are to feature on national TV around the time of Pride in London week, in a piece commemorating and celebrating the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of male homosexuality.
In the film George Montague, Brighton’s “oldest gay in the village” speaks about his experiences as someone who was convicted before the law was changed, and members of Brighton and Hove’s LGBT+ Community Choir, Rainbow Chorus are also interviewed.
The piece concludes with the chorus’s moving rendition of True Colours, the song made popular by Cyndi Lauper and a favourite from their repertoire.
Finola Brophy, Chair of Rainbow Chorus, said: “It was great to be invited to take part in the filming. The Rainbow Chorus is a diverse choir with members from different sexes, ages and backgrounds. This is important as the partial decriminalisation of gay sex between men was a step forward for everyone, including women and children whose lives were devastated by lesbian custody battles or when members of their family or partners were prosecuted. Discrimination remains an issue for LGBT+ people of all ages, and it’s not just something that’s historic. We’ve come a long way, but there is still much to do”.
The date of broadcast is yet to be confirmed. Keep an eye out for the story on BBC’s The One Show over the coming weeks.