Pride Month at Jack-All
For Pride month, we would like to show our support for the LGBT+ community, we have recently collaborated with Many Hands One Heart foundation.
As a video production company, we try our best to help nonprofit and charity based companies to vocalise their messages online and across digital platforms. We have worked alongside CIC (Community Integrated Care), who provide care to thousands of people living with mental and physical disabilities across the country. We create high quality video content for CIC to improve their reach and engagement online. This year we have expanded and we were fortunate enough to get involved with Many Hand one Heart’s foundations event for International Day against Homophobia, Biophobia and Transphobia.
About the day
The event took place in the Casa on Hope Street and aimed to bring attention to the discrimination LGBTQ+ people face around the world. The event also raised awareness regarding how we can help LGBTQ+ people who face discrimination, many of which come from cultures and governments in which they are persecuted for their sexuality and forced to leave for their own physical and mental safety and wellbeing. The event gave these individuals a chance to voice their own personal stories and also to express their personalities through different forms of art.
Testimonials and performances
We filmed these first hand testimonials, with tears, admiration and anger, as we listened to many individuals own personal experiences with discrimination in their own countries. Many however, still have to fight for their right to live in this country and have to prove their asylum seeker status with the Home Office. After these interviews we filmed and got the opportunity to watch the show with singing, dancing, poetry and performance art, the attendees got to show off their talents and were able to be themselves without any discrimination or scrutiny.
“Nobody can change me, this is the way I was born. Accept me!”
Monoa was born Malawi in South Africa, for her whole life she had to hide her sexuality from her friends, family and community. She explains how Many Hands One Heart have aided her and her muslim girlfriend to discrimination they still face for being together. Monoa, since moving to the UK, now feels she can live the life that she wants.
Malawi: In November 2012, Malawi’s President Joyce Banda suspended all laws that criminalised homosexuality. In July 2014, The Justice Minister announced that the country would no longer arrest people for same-sex sexual activity and would be reviewing its anti-gay laws. However, communities in the country still persecute and attack LGBT+. Monoa states that she has witnessed first hand a transphobic attack overlooked by the local police officers. With groups of locals gathering in mobs to stone and burn alive LGBT+ Malawi people, showing the importance of helping these people escape these threats.
“Many hands...means freedom...I feel free and safe”
Kasiya was born in Uganda, she told us that she would not return to Uganda in fears that she would be in danger and would possibly lose custody of her little girl, who Kasiya is the only parent and family member her little girl has. Kaiya thanked MHOH for helping her transition into the city and says the organisation helped her to feel safe and free, and most importantly; allowed her to be her authentic self.
Uganda: is in central East Africa and unlike Malawi has strict laws that discriminate against LGBT+ community. With it being illegal for any same sex activities within the country, Kasiya stated that LGBTQ+ people are also tortured by the local authorities. Uganda LGBTQ+ activists attempted to host pride events but had to stop due to police raids and violence.
“MHOH has given me moral support and helped me to build my confidence again”
TG states how he found it hard to find a partner in his home-town and how even a hint of homosexuality could be dangerous for him. He talked about how many LGBTQ+ people could face torture or death, if their sexuality was revealed to the public. He went on to say how he found it hard to find asylum as he grew up in Pakistan and found it hard to leave his home behind and everything thing he knew and loved there.
Pakistan: Unlike Uganda it’s not illegal for same sex relationships or even two same sex partners living together, however it is illegal for sexual act between the same sexes. Many LGBTQ+ people have to be discreet for there own protection, however the larger cities such as Karachi and Lahore, are becoming more liberal and LGBTQ+ parties are on the rise. However, there is still no civil rights laws that make it illegal for discrimination or harassment towards a person sexual orientation.
How you can help
The day was a great day for celebrating inclusivity and happiness but also helped to bring attention the mistreatment many asylum seekers face within trying to secure citizenship. If you or anyone you know would like to get involved and help with the issues many of LGBT+ people are facing, get in touch and we can pass your information on.
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