Young people in Brighton & Hove making LGBTQ history

PUBLISHED: 15:54 02 August 2016 | UPDATED: 15:54 02 August 2016

Work in progress by Into the Outside participants © The Artists

Work in progress by Into the Outside participants © The Artists


Photoworks is leading Into the Outside - a learning project with local young people, re-examining their city’s rich LGBTQ+ past and creating a new archive of queer youth experiences.

Around thirty 13-25 year olds are examining how issues faced today by young people identifying as LGBTQ+ compare with those faced by young LGBTQ people over the past forty years.

The programme is being facilitated by artist Helen Cammock. Helen has many years of experience running high calibre projects with young people, and her own practice explores representation and relationships between the individual and society.

Photography & creative writing workshops, archive research and oral history training have already taken place with the young people at Jubilee Library and The Keep, a world-class archive resource centre. Participants are exploring a range of archive materials at The Keep, including the National Lesbian and Gay Survey – an extraordinary collection of autobiographical writing and ephemera submitted by over 700 people between 1986 and 1994.

Many other organisations from across the city are also involved including: The East Sussex Records Office, Queer in Brighton and the Brighton & Hove Aldridge Community Academies.

Participants will be using their new skills to interview other young people at Pride in August 2016 and Brighton Photo Biennial in October 2016. An Into the Outside exhibition will be shown in 2017 and the project will also create an online learning resource aimed at teachers and youth-workers.

Into the Outside investigates the period between 1967 (which saw the Sexual Offences Act decriminalize homosexual activity) and the present day, encompassing some key historical moments for the LGBTQ community, such as the first Gay Pride marches, Section 28, the reduction of the age of consent, the Civil Partnership Act and the Equality Act.

Juliette Buss, Photoworks Learning and Participation Curator said: “The young people taking part are really keen to find out about the lives and experiences of other young people in the past who identified as LGBTQ+. They want to know what their social life was like, how they fitted in, and how easy or hard it was for them coming out.”

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