by Daryl Leeworthy - £11.99 University of Wales Press (2019)
paperback ISBN 13: 9781786834805 | ISBN 10: 1786834804
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.
(Price & availability last checked: November 2019)