Our city's unspoken LGBTQ+ history

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Jenny – Oral history interview

In this interview, Jenny talks about her work at the Brighton & Hove LGBT Swictchboard and about community and political life in Brighton. Extract: I came to Brighton in 1980. In those days of course one would migrate to the cities that you knew were gay just by finding out the information in the…

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Steven – oral history interview

Here, Steven talks about political movements in Brighton from 1970s, gay organisations in Brighton, and of his experiences of being gay in Brighton from the 1970s to mid 2000s. Extract: Q: In terms of your daily life in Brighton and how that emerged, how did your sexuality influence that and was there a particular…

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Jill – oral history interview

In this interview, Jill talks about life in Brighton during the 80’s, her work with Brighton Ourstory and her life as a writer. Extract: ‘By 1984 the two main women’s clubs in Brighton were the Longbranch, which was upstairs in Grand Parade, and Caves which was in a basement in Sillwood Street. Caves was actually…

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Elizabeth – oral history interview

In this interview, Elizabeth talks of previous  marriage, coming out, and life before she focused on religion. She also speaks about political opinions, conflicts between Israel and Palestine and her reasons behind becoming a Rabbi. Extract: I’m a lesbian, but looking back I would probably identify as trans in a way as in trans gender.…

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Ed – oral history interview

Ed talks to Queer in Brighton about transgenderism, support groups, discrimination transcrutiny and representation of LGBTQ in the media. Excerpt: Q: When did you come to Brighton? I came to Brighton in January 2010. Q: And why Brighton? Why Brighton… Well, the reason I came to Brighton was to finish my transition, from female…

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Keith – oral history interview

In this interview, Keith, 77, talks to us about his experiences of being in the Navy and of being imprisoned for being gay.  He also shares his experiences of life growing up on the Isle of Wight, his family and the move to Brighton. Excerpt: Q: When did you come to Brighton? In 2001…

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Ted – oral history interview

In this interview, Ted talks about his life as a journalist, being a CHE (Campaign for Homosexual Equality) member, early switchboard and visiting Brighton in the 70’s where he retired in 1990. Excerpt: Q: Were you always out at work? Mostly I was out at work because I was a journal and journalism, then…

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James – oral history interview

James talks about Gay Life and Gay Community in Brighton since 1984 and about his early life, coming to live in Brighton, and his life as a publisher/printer.  He also talks as the GScene owner / editor and as an influential figure in Brighton Pride. Excerpt: Q: What brought you to Brighton? Had you known the city before?…

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Gemma – oral history interview

In this interview Gemma talks about bisexuality, bisexual stigma, activism in Brighton and past relationships. Excerpt: Q: What does queer in Brighton mean to you? I think for me it means a little bit about how Brighton, I actually heard this phrase last night so its kinda timely; Brighton is a collection of strays,…

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Natalie – oral history interview

In this interview Natalie talks about Brighton, identity, political involvement, language, expression through clothing and homosexuality and secular Judaism. Excerpt: Q: What was it about Brighton that made you feel that you would have everything you needed here? Well several things: one, there was a large gay community and I knew that I wouldn’t…