I currently editing some fascinating oral histories recorded by young people with young people for the Into the Outside online archive.
(Text from Into the Outside Website)
Into the Outside is a queer youth project creating a new digital archive that shares and celebrates stories from LGBTQ+ young people in Brighton & Hove and beyond. The project seeks to create a legacy for Brighton & Hove recognising the richness, diversity and significance of its LGBTQ+ community, and providing a 21st century snapshot of contemporary youth attitudes and experiences of LGBTQ+ representation and lives.
This heritage youth project is led by Photoworks in collaboration with Brighton & Hove Libraries Services, the Mass Observation Archive and the East Sussex Records Office. Many other organisations from across the city are also involved including local schools, Brighton Museum & Art Gallery, Queer in Brighton and Allsorts Youth Project.
Young people aged 13-25 identifying as LGBTQ+ have been re-examining Brighton & Hove’s rich LGBTQ+ past and exploring how issues faced by young people identifying as LGBTQ+ today compare with those faced by LGBTQ+ people over the past forty years.
Into the Outside investigates the period between 1967 (which saw the Sexual Offences Act partially 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.
Into the Outside is supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund.