Tuesday 20 August 2019

EastEnders’ June Brown stars in Christmas single supporting LGBT charity

Jaymi Hensley and Samantha Fox have also lent their voices to the festive track.

2017 TRIC Awards – London
2017 TRIC Awards – London

By Francesca Gosling

EastEnders star June Brown has joined a host of singers to release a Christmas charity single.

Love Against The Machine, which includes Union J star Jaymi Hensley and Samantha Fox, have come together to sing Love Is The Only Law – 50 Years Legal in support of The Albert Kennedy Trust, which helps LGBT young people in crisis.

The 90-year-old actress, who plays Dot Cotton in the BBC soap, introduces the song’s official video, featuring a range of singers and images from key LGBT milestones through history.

Most notable is the celebration of 50 years since the Sexual Offences Act 1967 decriminalised homosexual acts between men.

The song will be officially released on December 15 as it aims to compete with the traditional X Factor finalist contender for this year’s festive number one.

The lyrics were inspired by Simon Napier-Bell’s film 50 Years Legal and include: “Half a century to be free to love/Love is our inspiration/Five decades on, is that enough?/We’re moving in that direction/Love is the only law.”

Napier-Bell, a former manager of the late music superstar George Michael, has given his blessing to the track.

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Among the 50 singers on the credit list are 4 Poofs And A Piano, The Property Boyz, Tina Cousins, Cookie Monster, Eva Iglesias, Lenard Pink and James Hurr. It is produced by LGBTQI+ Youth Project & Friends and Kulbkidz Productions, in association with La La Music.

According to the charity, at least 150,000 young people are homeless or living in a hostile environment. A quarter identify as LGBT, with more than three-quarters attributing their situation with rejection and abuse by family following their coming out.

The Albert Kennedy Trust aims to provide shelter, mentoring, training and a national digital support service.

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