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Stonewall Warriors will pay tribute to LGBTI heroes from around the world

Stonewall Warriors will pay tribute to LGBTI heroes from around the world

The Fourth Choir

Pride month in London will include a dramatic and musical celebration of a crucial night for the LGBTI community.

Stonewall Warriors will pay tribute to those who fought back when police raided the Stonewall Inn on that fateful evening on 28 June 1969.

The show will tell the stories of those who kick-started the fight for LGBTI rights around the world. But it will also include lesser-known LGBTI figures who fought for same-sex love.

Who are the Stonewall Warriors?

LGBTI classical-to-jazz chamber choir The Fourth Choir will bring hidden LGBTI histories to life. They will sing to hauntingly beautiful music by composers such as 12th-century nun Hildegarde of Bingen, and 20th-century composers Benjamin Britten, jazz legend Billy Strayhorn, and Rufus Wainwright.

The show will star Jonathan Blake – among the firsts in the UK to be diagnosed with HIV – and Mzz Kimberly. Eastenders’ Annette Badland and Broadchurch’s Sanchia McCormack will also perform.

Stonewall Warriors’ actors will retell the stories of lesser famous yet still pivotal figures in the LGBTI movement.

These will include a woman put on trial in 18th century Germany for marrying another woman and history’s most famous bisexual love triangle. Moreover, a composer who liked to wear drag and the story of an early HIV survivor will also be reenacted.

Commemorating Stonewall

‘It’s crucial that people commemorate and celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, especially at a time when far-right demagogues are on the rise all around the world,’ Séamus Rea, script-writer of Stonewall Warriors, told GSN.

‘Everyone needs to know that whatever rights the LGBTI community has now have been hard-won and need to be cherished or they’ll be lost. For the first time in my life, I have the feeling that what we have won may have to be defended.’

The event will take place fifty years after that night, on 28 June. The location is Heaven, one of the most popular LGBTI clubs in the British capital.

Tickets are £15 and include entry to the party at G-A-Y after the performance.

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