Piers & Queers: LGBTQ+ history tour in Brighton (semi-private)

Piers & Queers: LGBTQ+ history tour in Brighton (semi-private)

Duration: 1 hour and 30 minutes / Difficulty: Moderate

An informative and entertaining walk through 250 years of history from a lesbian, gay, bi, and trans perspective in the queerest of England's cities. Discover the lives of people who lived in very different times and their tales of bravery and achievement. All this on a route which takes us from the grandeur of the seafront, through the quaint old Lanes and finishing in the 'gay village' of Kemptown.
• tales of Regency Brighton and the Dandies
• discover Dr James Barry (subject of a film starring Rachel Weisz) who, disguised as a man, became a pioneering doctor 50 years before women were officially allowed to practice medicine
• Oscar Wilde's eventful visits to Brighton
• a 'same-sex' wedding - in 1923!
• lesbian and gay bars in the 1950s & 60s
• entertainment stars, including an Edwardian drag king, and Dusty Springfield
• the location of England's first Civil Partnership ceremonies
• Anne Lister (subject of BBC/HBO drama series 'Gentleman Jack') whose diary has been called 'The Rosetta Stone of Lesbian History'
• political protest and activism
• the modern 'gay village'

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