City’s LGBTQ+ choirs mark World AIDS Day 2020

December 1, 2020

Did you think the massed voices of the city’s celebrated LGBTQ+ choirs would let World AIDS Day slip by without bringing you a song or two? In a usual year, the vigil is followed by a charity fundraiser hosted by all the choirs in St Mary’s Church, Kemptown. This year, as with so many things, it will be online. All money raised will be going to Lunch Positive. You can donate here: 
They can’t be together as a community just yet, so Brighton & Hove’s LGBTQ+ choirs and music groups ask you to join them for a couple of classic numbers online.
The choirs are all supporting Lunch Positive, which continues to bring nutritious meals, company and community to those living with HIV by offering takeaway or delivered food, and staying in contact with each other by phone.
They hope you enjoy the video below, introduced by the delectable Alistair Appleton, of BBC’s Escape to the Country, as we remember those lost and celebrate their lives on World AIDS Day.
Please donate whatever you can to Lunch Positive – click here to donate – to help it carry on connecting with those affected by and to raise awareness of HIV, to educate, and to fight stigma and discrimination.
You can also take part in and watch the World AIDS Day videos online throughout today.

There will be regular uploads of 90-second videos of people, including Sussex Beacon nurses, local MPs, volunteers and others, talking about how their HIV work and personal lives have been affected by the pandemic. Watch all day here –  World AIDS Day – Brighton & Hove

At 6pm there will be a live reading of the names, which will remain online for a couple of hours.

Brighton AIDS Memorial Candlelight Vigil: Tuesday, December 1 @ 6pm, CLICK HERE to view.

New Steine Gardens will still be open throughout the today (Tuesday, December 1), so members of the community can visit the Brighton & Hove AIDS Memorial and pay their respects to loved ones.

Stewards will be present to ensure adherence to Covid-19 guidelines and to signpost people to emotional support if required.