February is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender History Month. QueenSpark Books has produced two groundbreaking books which tell the stories, in their own words, of life in Brighton & Hove for Transgender and lesbian and gay people.
Brighton Trans*formed‘s contributors ranged from 18 to 81 years old with very different life experiences. All of their testimonies have in common an absolute honesty and openness: contributors shared their joys and tragedies; adversities faced, and a display of strength and resolve to be themselves.
Daring Hearts is the definitive guide to queer life in Brighton in the 1950s and 60s. It’s made up of a searing and informative collection of life stories based on taped interviews with forty lesbians and gay men who spoke openly about their lives in and around Brighton.
Both books have in common an uncompromising honesty, stories of resilience and courage in the face of adversity, and a recognition that Brighton & Hove offers a unique location which welcomes diversity and gives an opportunity for people to express themselves as they wish.