A Pride Cymru project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
As part of our contribution to LGBT History Month 2017, Pride Cymru is creating an exhibition of Welsh LGBT+ “Icons & Allies”. The poster exhibition will celebrate 20 different people who have shaped our political and social world, both here in Wales and across the UK, to make it a space that LGBT+ people can be ourselves in. It will be available for loan to schools, colleges and other public spaces to celebrate future LGBT History Months and other occasions.
As part of this we are inviting everyone in Wales and of Welsh heritage to help us find our Icons and Allies. They should be a historical figure (i.e. no longer active in fighting for our rights) but they don’t have to be already famous. They might be someone who contributed to gay law reform; someone in the arts; an inspirational writer or teacher; an organiser. Who do we look up to and why? Who has shaped our perceptions of what it is to be LGBT+?
Nominations are now closed and the advisory panel has considered the long-list of 31 nominations below and come to a decision on the final 20. All will be revealed very soon!
Leo Abse (1917-2008) politician
Binkie Beaumont (1908-1973) stage impresario
Eleanor Butler (1739-1829) and Sarah Ponsonby (1755-1832) the ‘Ladies of Llangollen’
Micky Burn (1912-2010) commando & writer
Bruce Chatwin (1940-1989) travel writer
Dafydd ap Gwilym (c1320-c1370) poet
John Davies (1938-2015) historian
St David (c.500-589) saint
Hugh Despenser (1286-1326) aristocrat and lover of Edward II
Dai Donovan (alive) miner, liaison with Lesbians & Gays Support The Miners
John Gibson (?-1866) sculptor
Iltydd Harrington (1931-2015) politician
Terrence Higgins (1945-1982) namesake of Terrence Higgins Trust, UK’s largest HIV charity
Gloria Jenkins (1937-alive) Co-founder of Stonewall Cymru
Gwen John (1876-1939) painter
Mary Charlotte Lloyd (?-1896) painter and sculptor.
Angus McBean (1904-1990) photographer
Jan Morris (1926-) writer
Ivor Novello (1893-1951) playwright and songwriter
Tommy Nutter (1943-1992) fashion designer
Wena Parry (alive) Evangelical preacher
Katherine Philips (1632-1664) poet
John Randell (1918-?) surgeon
Goronwy Rees (1909 – 1979) scholar and member of the Wolfenden Report Committee
Sarah Ann Rees (1839-1916) sailor, writer and poet
Viscountess Rhondda (1883-1958) suffragette, businesswoman and publisher
Kate Roberts (1891-1985) Welsh language publisher and writer
Victor Spinetti (1929-2012) actor
Dorothy Squires (1915-1998) singer
Griffth Vaughan Williams (1940-?) gay activist
Emlyn Williams (1905-1987) playwright and actor
(Some of the question marks are only because we’ve not finished doing our research on all 31, but you’re welcome to tell us any answers we don’t know yet)