LGBT Brighton & Hove is an exploration of the development of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community from its earliest accessible beginnings. As well as the personal memories and experience of local LGBT people, the book includes accounts from the History Centre's comprehensive archives while literature is used to inform a representative sample of stories of the area's prominent LGBT writers, artists, musicians and philanthropists from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries to the present day. There are accounts of prominent court cases, of wartime, and of mid and late twentieth century events, memories and personal experience. The book shows how LGBT people strove to 'make change happen' both individually and through forming organisations for mutual support and with specific aims. Later chapters draw on the personal stories of local people, including 'Coming Out', 'Civil Marriages' and the progress of 'Brighton Pride' from its difficult, political beginnings in the early nineties, to the celebration of today, attracting both goodwill and visitors from all over the world.
There is still some way to go for LGBT people and the issues that still affect them - even in Brighton and Hove - but this book is an encouraging reflection on the change and progress that has already been achieved.
Janet Cameron is a prolific author who has published ten books, two of which were widely translated. Gay Brighton is her sixth regional history. Her work has also appeared in Today, Daily Express, Sunday Telegraph, The Sunday Post, The Observer, The Examiner, Writing in Education, Writers Forum and Mslexia. She was first prize-winner in 2007 of the Society of Women Writers & Journalist's 'Clemence Dane Cup' for a monologue. Recently retired from her post as lecturer in creative writing at the University of Kent she now lives in Hove.
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