Here at So So Gay we are super big fans of the London Gay Men’s Chorus, Europe’s largest and best-known gay choir. We are thrilled to report, then, that they will be performing at The Courtyard Theatre in Hoxton on Sunday 4 March in support of community HIV charity Positive East.
Positive East provides vital services to the individuals, families and communities of East London who have been affected by HIV. With over 36,000 people in London diagnosed with HIV (with an additional 9,000 estimated to be unaware of their positive status), a Health Protection Agency study has revealed that there are 5,600 people accessing HIV related care in East London alone.
The charity, which offers a unique holistic provision of welfare, housing, asylum and counselling support to HIV sufferers, is now working with over 40% of these East Londoners to ensure that their lives are as fulfilling as possible.
In support of the charity’s great work, LGMC has teamed up with Champagne Charlie to put on a one-off show called Positive Sounds. The show will include LGMC’s usual mix of musical excellent, warmth, humour and style as they tell stories of love through the ups and downs of every relationship. Alisdair Low, LGMC’s chairman, said: “We are delighted to be performing in support of Positive East. Our missions align perfectly; we both challenge social preconceptions and contribute to an enriched society.”.
100% of Positive East’s service users who participated in their 2009 survey felt that the charity had helped them to improve their ability to live well with HIV. A successful show on 4 March will ensure sufficient funds are raised so the charity can test 200 people, and follow this up with appropriate support to stay safe.