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A Little Gay History of Wales

Author(s): Daryl Leeworthy

Language: English

Genre(s): Gender Studies

October 2019160 pages

Paperback - 9781786834805 eBook - epub - 9781786834829 eBook - mobi - 9781786834836 eBook - pdf - 9781786834812

About The Book

A Little Gay History of Wales tells the compelling story of Welsh LGBT life from the Middle Ages to the present day. Drawing on a rich array of archival sources from across Britain together with oral testimony and material culture, this pioneering study is the first to examine the experiences of ordinary LGBT men and women, and how they embarked on coming out, coming together and changing the world. This is the story of poets who wrote about same-sex love and translators who worked to create a language to describe it; activists who campaigned for equality and politicians who created the legislation providing it; teenagers ringing advice lines for guidance on coming out and revellers in the pioneering bars and clubs on a Friday and Saturday night. It is also a study of prejudice and of intolerance, of emigration and isolation, of HIV/AIDS and Section 28 – all features of the complex historical reality of LGBT life and same-sex desire. Engaging and accessible, absorbing and perceptive, this book is an important advance in our understanding of Welsh history.

Contents

Abbreviations
Preamble
PART I: COMING OUT
Chapter One: Hidden From View?
Chapter Two: Legal Limitations
PART II: COMING TOGETHER
Chapter Three: Seeking Love, Finding It
Chapter Four: Dancing the Night Away
PART III: CHANGING THE WORLD
Chapter Five: Law Reform and Afterwards
Chapter Six: A Lost World?
Acknowledgements
Select Bibliography
Index

About the Author(s)

Daryl Leeworthy

Daryl Leeworthy is the More Able and Talented Tutor at Cardiff and Vale College, and an adult education tutor in Merthyr Tydfil.

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