R’s life story offers an almost unique insight into the development of queer networks and then a commercial scene in a northern city.
Have your say about Brighton’s LGBTQ History with the team from Queer Beyond London.
Help draw attention to LGBTQ oral history resources by mapping their locations on this crowd-sourced map.
Brighton has long been known as the ‘gay capital’ of England, but the city is also a centre for trans communities and histories. A recent project called Brighton Trans*formed, undertaken by QueenSpark Books, recorded the lives and experiences of Brighton’s transgender community in their own words.
From the 1950s to the 1970s the Lockyer Tavern on Lockyer Street in Plymouth was an important social space for gay men, in particular its ‘back bar’. Originally the home of a local surgeon, Sir George McGrath, the building that housed the Lockyer became a hotel in 1862. With expansions in the late nineteenth century and survival through WWII, it was a well-known queer location for much of the second half of the twentieth-century.