The broadcasting and production company has developed a 3 part report, documenting queer stories


In an outstanding commitment to LGBTQI stories, 5 News has commissioned three reports that are pitched, produced, filmed and edited by an all LGBTQI team.

Two of the reports have already aired. In the first, the team were given exclusive access to a safe house for LGBTQI asylum seekers. They hear from Roman, who is seeking refuge in the UK after fleeing violence in Russia. Sara, a lesbian from Pakistan who has been anonymised as she’s still under threat from her family. Michael, a gay activist who was tortured by the police in Kyrgyzstan. And Raphaella, a trans woman from Brazil, the country with the largest number of trans people killed.

The second piece highlights the experiences of people who have undergone transgender conversion “therapy” practices. The team travel to Cardiff to meet a group of young trans people to learn what Britain is like for them today.

The third airing on Monday (20 June) and to mark 50 years of Pride in the UK, there is a discussion between our very own editor-in-chief Roxy Bourdillon, Moonlight Experiences founder Aisha Shaibu,trans activist Arthur Webber Matthew Hodson, and Chief Director of aidsmap, openly HIV+ and a HIV campaigner reflecting on where we’ve come from, what life is like today and what the path ahead looks like.

5 News output producer, Penny James, has said: “I found that offering up a team of journalists who are part of the community provided a level of trust to contributors who have many reasons to be sceptical of the media.”


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