In January 2017, I was lucky enough to travel to Mumbai, India with my fabulous choir 'The Pink Singers' - London's LGBT Community Choir. I was able to go due to a travel subsidy from the choir which covered a fair whack of my travel costs, otherwise I wouldn't have made it out there. I'd like to help our Indian friends have the same privilege.
Rainbow Voices Mumbai are (as far as we know) the FIRST LGBT+ Choir in India, which makes us natural siblings as The Pink Singers are Europe's oldest LGBT Choir, formed in 1983. Being LGBT is illegal in India, partly due to a hangover from old British colonial law, the infamous Section 377 which still governs large swathes of Asia.
- We went to Mumbai at their invitation, and a few people worked exceedingly hard to make it happen.
- We sang in solidarity with them; singing 'We Shall Overcome' in both English and Hindi with them is an experience I shall never forget.
- We marched in solidarity with them at Mumbai Queerazaadi (Pride) where some people had to wear masks in order not to be 'outed' for fear of losing everything.
- Rainbow Voices Mumbai said our singing 'inspired' them and their work, and the feeling was mutual! We want to help help them as much as we can, so when they said they'd like to come to London to visit us, we knew we had to make it happen!
We've already raised over £5,000.00 from our target of £10,000.00 and if I can send a hundred quid or so to the campaign then all the better... We want as many of them to come here, to sing with us at our Summer Concert on the 15th July and also to march with us at London Pride and perform on the main stage in Trafalgar Square.
So if you can bung me 3 quid...then you'll make me a very happy so-and-so.
Thank You xx