A Little Gay History of Walestells 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.
Advertised in November 2019 issue of Planet magazine.
Article written by Carolyn Hitt in Wester Mail September 2019.
‘A Little Gay History is a feat of rediscovery. Daryl Leeworthy has mined an astonishing diversity of sources to bring into the light the underground stories and political struggles of gay men and women in a changing Wales.’ - Dr Peter Wakelin, writer and curator
‘Daryl Leeworthy has undertaken an important task of historical recovery. His book, which is at once deeply personal and profoundly universal, restores a hitherto lost dimension to the Welsh historical narrative. It is essential reading for all who wish to understand modern Wales in its fullest sense.’ - Dr Martin Wright, Senior Lecturer in History, Cardiff University
‘Despite its title, this is a big book – big on ideas, analysis, and empathy, and big on tracing the lived experience of gay people in Wales. An excellent read, it is a major achievement that deserves to be widely circulated and absorbed.’ - Emeritus Professor Jeffrey Weeks, London South Bank University, author of What is Sexual History?
'This book is a small but important attempt to increase the visibility of Welsh gays and lesbians and to begin to tell a distinctive national story'. - New Welsh Review
Daryl Leeworthy is the More Able and Talented Tutor at Cardiff and Vale College, and an adult education tutor in Merthyr Tydfil.