Ethnic minorities coming out - exhibition at Hackney Museum

A photographic exhibition showcasing the histories of people from different communities personal experiences of ‘coming out’ will be on display in Hackney Museum.

Sonalle’s touring photographic exhibition will be on show in Hackney Museum from 14 December 2010. The images were taken between May and July 2009 and the photographs and statements give an emotional insight into the lives of the subjects and their families.

Sonalle, who is British-born of Indian descent, said: “I am aware of the difficulties of coming out in ethnic minority societies. Family and friends often suffer due to their narrow-mindedness hurting or rejecting the person coming out. Talking about the experience and partaking in the creative production of the images helped many of the subjects confront and deal with their reality, whilst allowing them to come out through the means of photography.”

Ethnic Minorities Coming Out
14 December 2010 to 5 March 2011
Hackney Museum
Ground Floor
Technology and Learning Centre
1 Reading Lane
E8 1GQ

The display will be up during Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender History (LGBT) Month. The annual celebration takes place in February and celebrate the diversity of society. Hackney Council encourages the people in the borough to celebrate the lives and achievements of the LGBT community.

The project was funded by Arts Council England and UnLtd (The Foundation for Social Entrepreneurs).

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