Our city's unspoken LGBTQ+ history

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Brighton Resists: snapshots of LGBTQ+ activism in our city


March 22nd – April 20th 2017

For the past six months Brighton LGBTQ+ History Club has been exploring the rich and diverse LGBTQ+ history of our city – from early Pride marches to the experience of Deaf queer people, via the stories of Dandies, fashion, and the lives of older lesbians – we have barely scratched the surface. 

How do we begin to exhibit this expansive and varied history?

Unsurprisingly, political activism and resistance is a thread that runs through the life of our communities, with shifting battles and political agendas over the decades – Section 28, HIV & AIDS, Pride, Equal Marriage, Trans rights to name but a few.

Brighton Resists is a starting point, an exhibition but also a chance to reflect on the journey of our activism, how we have resisted, fought for our rights, and stood up for each other. What are the achievements of our community and how can we prepare for the struggles of the future?

Brighton Resists uses the Section 28 campaign as a starting point to look at the history of LGBTQ+ activism in our city. Using collections at The Keep (University of Sussex) and from the Queer in Brighton project this exhibition gives snapshots of when our communities have come together to resist oppressive legislation, harassment and invisibility.

Come along and see the exhibtion The Marlborough Pub & Theatre during opening hours:
Mon 1pm – midnight
Tues – Sun midday – late

Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund