Over three seasons, the podcast has covered a range of subjects from personal experiences of seeking asylum whilst being LGBTQ+, to critical conversations on arts and culture.
Created by Many Hands One Heart, Heart of Glass, lead artist Larry Achiampong and Sahir House, the project brings together participants from across the Liverpool City Region. The project began in response to the needs of a marginalised group of LGBTQ+ asylum seekers who found themselves shunned by their own communities and experiencing fear and isolation in addition to other barriers faced by migrants.
Many Hands One Heart is a support and wellbeing project for people from the LGBTQ+ community who are seeking asylum in Liverpool. The group have been working with Larry Achiampong since 2019.
Since the project began, The Mic Drop has evolved from a podcast, branching out into a series of live, public events.
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Listen to The Mic Drop
The Mic Drop: Season One
The Mic Drop: Season Two
The project has become a safe space for people who seek asylum across LCR to share their stories, providing a learning opportunity for listeners and a support network for participants.
Those that have shared their stories include Arthur Britney Joestar - the first person to be granted asylum in the UK on the basis of being non-binary. They have since been working full time at Heart of Glass thanks to their involvement with the project.
The Mic Drop events
As The Mic Drop has developed and evolved, the project has grown to include live events, to share the stories of LGBTQ+ community who are seeking asylum in Liverpool even further, including producing Merseyside’s IDAHOBIT events in 2021 and 2022, and bringing a live version of the podcast to Pride celebrations across Liverpool City Region in 2022.
The Mic Drop Pride Tour
International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia 2022
The Mic Drop participants have also been invited to speak and perform at national events, including:
- Rainbow Migration Panel Discussion, National Student Pride, February 2022