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This is Who I Am – Celebrates LGBT History Month at Kala Sangam

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Image: MANCHESTER, 24 July 2017 – Megan Nankabirwa (blue hair tips) and her partner Lydia Nabukenya in Manchester’s gay village. The pair fled Uganda, where homosexuality is outlawed, after they were discovered to be in a relationship. Credit: Christopher Thomond.

This Is Who Is Am presents first-hand accounts of LGBT+ people seeking asylum in the UK about their experiences in their own country and on arrival in the UK, addressing the particular challenges they face. These accounts are read by members of the Actors for Human Rights Network, an outreach project run by ice&fire who are a London based theatre company exploring human rights stories through performance.

“Then they separated us. We tried to say no, we applied for asylum as a couple. They say we don’t have any civil evidence that we are a couple. And we’re like – how can we show you any civil evidence if homosexuality is forbidden in my country?”

– testimonial from This Is Who I Am.

 This event is produced in partnership with The Peace Museum in Bradford and is presented at Kala Sangam on Thursday 21 February at 7.30pm, during LGBT History month 2019. This Is Who I Am is part of the museum’s current project Peace OUT exploring Peace and LGBTQ+ activism which will result in an exhibition launched during Bradford Pride 2019. #peaceout19

This event will be chaired by Kala Sangam’s Creative Director Alex Croft and will be followed by a Q&A discussion. There will also be a short introduction to The Peace Museum and their Peace OUT project by project manager Rosanne Robertson.

Alex Croft, Creative Director of Kala Sangam said:

‘I’m delighted we’ve been able to work in partnership with The Peace Museum to bring such a significant piece of work to the city during LGBTQ+ History Month. As a venue in a city that is now home to many refugees and migrants, This Is Who I Am feels like a timely, important piece of work for us to be presenting on our stage.’

This Is Who I Am is one of Kala Sangam’s events this spring where audiences Pay What You Decide – which means theatregoers don’t have to pay anything until they have seen the show. Tickets are limited and are on sale now at www.kalasangam.org/thisiswhoiam or call the box office on 01274 303340.

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