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Archive for May, 2011

Artists Open Houses: Our top tip

Visiting the Artists Open Houses isn’t about art: it’s about having a good nose around some amazing houses and art! I thought it only right and proper to make that clear from the start.

32 Palmeira Sq.

32 Palmeira Sq.

Now, with the last weekend of the event upon us, we’ve a top tip for a gem of a property that truly ticks both boxes: 32 Palmeira Sq.

From the grand entrance and warm welcome, it’s a building full of delights  – look immediately left for an incredible caged lift that rises up through this period terrace.

But immediately after entering the first floor space, the flaws in your integrity will be tested to the full: Are you looking at the art or the space? Has anyone spotted you making secret notes as to where you’d put your sofa?

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LGBT history: take the Piers and Queers tour of Brighton

From each bed and breakfast and Brighton hotel there’s a rich history to be discovered – and revealing the LGBT history of Britain’s favourite weekend party town is the ‘Piers and Queers’ tour.

Headed up by Blue Badge guide Ric Morris, it’s a fascinating, interactive look at Brighton. Telling us more about it – and revealing his own place in it all, here’s Ric! And the Everest fact – love it!

When you first came to Brighton, what did you expect?

I first came to Brighton as a small child, and I expected ice-cream. When I came here to live, it took a while to find the things I liked, and avoid the things I didn’t like, but now I’ve got that sorted, it exceeds expectations on a regular basis.

Which fact about Brighton surprises you most?

If you count Hove, then you can see the grave of Sir George Everest, who gave his name to the mountain, in the graveyard next to Tescos.

LGBT Brighton - making history

LGBT Brighton - making history

What part does Brighton play in UK’s LGBT history?

Since it became a resort in the 1780s and especially after the opening of the railway in the 1840s, Brighton has been a place of escape and relaxation for a broad spectrum of Londoners. It has been a playground where people can escape the rules and responsibilities of the centres of production.

In the 1870s several members of the Boulton and Park (two men who were arrested for going out in women’s clothes) circle, fled prosecution by coming to Brighton.

In the 1920s Valerie Arkell-Smith came to Brighton to re-invent herself as Colonel Sir Victor Barker. Brighton was known in the 1930s as having many gay and (unusually) lesbian clubs and bars, more so than possibly any city outside London.

In 1835, the last man to be hanged in Britain for same-sex offences came from Brighton. In 2005, the first same-sex couple to legally tie the knot came from Brighton, and Brighton hosted the first Civil Partnerships in England.

Tell us a little about more about the ‘Piers and Queers’ tour.

It looks at nine people connected with Brighton from an LGBT perspective. Most of them made amazing contributions to our society – medicine, literature, music, philanthropy, acting – and looking at their lives helps us understand how people with unconventional sexual and gender identities created their own place within challenging environments. All in an hour and a bit.

Is Brighton’s LGBT community making history right now?

Time will tell. Having such a large LGBT population in a relatively small city means that there’s less ghettoisation, and LGBT people are closely woven within the fabric of the city as a whole. Everybody knows, works with, or encounters an out LGBT person on a daily basis, and I don’t think that happens anywhere else. So perhaps Brighton is leading the way with the normalisation of LGBT people in everyday life, and is a model for other places.

Every week there’s a Brighton Bed and Breakfast with people visiting for the first time. In a sentence, what should they expect?

Expect to walk the streets and be entertained by daily life in Brighton. You can party when you like, but if you want something else you can find it here too.


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LGBT communities are talking about the V wall

Something that’s got LGBT communities all over the UK talking: It’s a wall of vaginas! That’s vaginas made from plaster of paris – just in case your internet search for whatever you typed in has lead you here by mistake!
Opening this week as part of the Brighton Fringe, we’ve got all the details here – fringes and no fringes. It’s set to be the talked about event of the Brighton Festival, an event that will again showcase the best of Brighton’s creative culture – and yes, get a little freaky from time to time…
LGBT communities everywhere, check it out!
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Something that’s got LGBT communities all over the UK talking: It’s a wall of vaginas! That’s vaginas made from plaster of paris – just in case your internet search for whatever you typed in has led you here by mistake!
World Premiere this week!

World Premiere this week!

Opening this week as part of the Brighton Fringe, we’ve got all the details here – fringes and no fringes. It’s set to be the talked about event of the Brighton Festival, an event that will again showcase the best of Brighton’s creative culture – and yes, get a little freaky from time to time…

LGBT communities everywhere, check it out!