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March 2004
Forgotten Fairytales
Stuart Hope Northamptonshire is fabulous, hedonistic, frightening, ignorant, annoying, exciting and pretty amazing.

Those are the views of gays and lesbians from the county who've been talking frankly about life in Northants.

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Northamptonshire Lesbian, Gay & Bisexual Alliance, Iain Armstrong and Jayne West were invited by the Alliance to interview and photograph members of Northamptonshire's gay community.

Click on the people below to read or listen to their stories.

Jacqui and YvetteJacqui Ward &
Yvette Burgess

Why do people look at us?
  John D LillymanJohn D Lillyman
There's too much 'body beautiful' in the gay community.
Michael GravesMichael Graves
How easy is it be gay and a good parent?
  Peter WarwickPeter Warwick
Not the best way for your parents to learn you're gay.
Ron O'LearyRon & Gillian O'Leary
Attitudes to HIV have changed but not enough.
  Scott Jamieson & Emma Collins
Put the sex into education!
Steve YoungSteve Young
Cottaging and Clopton - they were the days!
  Stevie LishmanStevie Lishman
Be careful who you tell at work - and how.
Stuart HopeStuart Hope
Straight people can be very annoying.
  William LythWilliam Lyth
The army bloody made me, I tell you.

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Forgotten Fairytales project

Forgotten Fairytales is an attempt to record the history and culture of the gay, lesbian and bisexual community in Northamptonshire. It includes a set of 11 CDs featuring interviews with members of the local gay community. The final CD is a radiophonic composition made up of excerpts from the interviews created by the project co-ordinator, Iain Armstrong.

Iain said: The project stemmed from a desire that came through the NLGBA to document gay culture in Northampton. There was a feeling that a lot was not being recorded.

"There has been a gay presence in the county for a long time but it has been largely silent due to prevailing bigotry and prejudice. This project aims to give them a voice as well as break down some stereotypes."

An exhibition documenting Northamptonshire's gay community in sound and image can be seen at the Sanctuary Arts Centre, 22 Clare Street, Northampton between Thursday 9th and Saturday 11th September, 2004. The exhibition is open on Thursday between 7.30am and 9.30pm and on Friday and Saturday between 11.00am and 4.00pm.

Also see:
• Have your say on Forgotten Fairytales
• Hated because you're gay
• Sense of Place homepage



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