We are currently working on a new observational documentary series for Channel 5 called My Secret Past. The series is made up of 4 individual films focusing on a social issue and fronted by a celebrity that has been affected by that problem, the purpose of this is that we are bringing a new audience to engage with these topics by using a celebrity that young people can relate to.
The first programme in the series is going to be about Gareth Thomas (the gay ex-rugby player), his story is both tragic and inspiring about hiding his sexuality for many years and eventually coming out in a very male and masculine dominated world. In this film we will be investigating the problems of coming out and homophobia, especially looking at the fall out of when some people are forced to hide their sexuality.
We are very keen to speak to colleges and universities who have support networks in place to help young people who might be struggling with their sexuality to talk to us about the work they are doing. We are also looking to speak to students who may have had a similar experience to Gareth who have struggled or are struggling to come out.
We are aware that this is a very sensitive subject matter and I can assure you that the last thing we want to do is put any pressure on any individual to reveal their identity: we would be able to provide anonymity to those who are interested in participating.
This would be a great opportunity for colleges and universities to promote the work they do for students, the opportunity to meet a great sportsman who is keen to raise awareness of the difficulties of coming out.
I would love to have a chat with you about the series and would very much appreciate it if you could drop me an email (contact details below) to discuss this or pass out the attached flyer to students.
I look forward to hearing from you