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A Little Gay History of Wales

This pioneering book traces Welsh LGBT life and politics from the Middle Ages to the present. Drawing on a rich array of archival sources from across Britain together with oral testimony and material culture, this original study is the first to examine the experiences of ordinary LGBT men and women and how they embarked on coming out, building community, 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 shaped the resultant legislation; teenagers ringing advice lines for guidance and revellers in the underground bars and clubs on Friday and Saturday nights. In this rich social history, Darryl Leeworthy presents a study of prejudice and of intolerance, of emigration and isolation, of HIV/AIDS and counter-movements that conveys the complex reality of LGBT life and same-sex desire.


Engaging and accessible, this book is an important advance in our understanding of Welsh history.

A Little Gay History of Wales

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    A Little Gay History of Wales | Paperback
    ISBN: 9781786834805
    Publisher: University of Wales Press
    Publication Date: 15 Sep 2019
    Genre: Queer History - Non-Fiction
    Pages: 160
    Dimensions: 129 x 198 x 18 (mm)
    Language: English

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