Icons and Allies
A Pride Cymru project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund
ICONS & ALLIES IS A CELEBRATION OF TWENTY INSPIRATIONAL PEOPLE FROM OUR WELSH PAST. ALL OF THEM, WHETHER LGBT+ OR NOT, HAVE CONTRIBUTED SIGNIFICANTLY TO OUR HISTORY AND TO OUR VISIBILITY.
Every minority community needs icons to show us how to be our authentic selves in what can be a hostile world. Every community also needs allies to work with us and show that we are part of the wider world. This is a small number of the many who have helped LGBT people in Wales and the wider world to become ourselves and to be proud of our achievements.
These posters were created by Pride Cymru as part of LGBT History Month and funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. The people in them were nominated by members of the community and then the final 20 decided from a long list of 31 by an advisory panel.
The exhibition was launched at the Senedd, sponsored by Hannah Blythyn, AM on February 15th 2017 as part of LGBT History Month celebrations. It has since travelled around many locations within Wales. The exhibition is available for loan, both the full exhibition and a poster set. For more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The final 20 are
Hugh Despenser (1286-1326) a king’s favourite and Lord of Glamorgan
Nominated by Eve Limbrick, Pride Cymru Youth Council.
Katherine Philips (1632-1664) playwright, lesbian poet and royalist
Nominated by Cath Harrison, Pride Cymru
Eleanor Butler (1739-1829) and Sarah Ponsonby (1755-1832) The famous “Ladies of Llangollen” who fled marriages to be together
Nominated by Hannah Blythyn AM
Mary Charlotte Lloyd (1819-1896) painter, sculptor, animal lover and social campaigner
Nominated by Lu Thomas, Pride Cymru.
Sarah Jane Rees (Cranogwen) (1839-1916) sea captain, bard and writer
Nominated by Norena Shopland, historian
Viscountess Rhondda (1883-1958) Suffragette, editor and businesswoman
Nominated by Chris Bryant MP
Ivor Novello (1893-1951) composer, singer and actor
Nominated by Peggy Palmer
Angus McBean (1904-1990) celebrated portrait photographer
Nominated by Jon Pountney, photographer
Micky Burn (1912-2010) bisexual Second World War hero, writer and poet
Nominated by Andrew Davies, Unity Group Wales
Goronwy Rees (1909 – 1979) key member of Wolfenden Report committee
Nominated by Lisa Power
Leo Abse MP (1917-2008) Parliamentarian who drove the first UK gay law reform
Nominated by Stephen Doughty MP
John Randall (1918-1982), founder of first UK Gender Identity Clinic
Nominated by Alex Drummond, counsellor
Iltydd Harrington (1931-2015) “the best Mayor London never had”
Nominated by Prof Helen Graham, Royal Holloway University of London.
John Davies (1938-2015) Greatest Welsh historian and award winning writer
Nominated by Berwyn Rowlands, Iris Prize
Terrence Higgins (1945-1982) the accidental icon
Nominated by Joshua Hall, Terrence Higgins Trust
Griff Vaughan Williams (1940-2010) gay rights campaigner and journalist
Nominated by Kathryn Jarrett, Visible SMT, Safer Merthyr Tydfil
Jan Morris (b. 1926) Welsh republican, travel writer and essayist
Nominated by Grant Vidgen, Iris Prize
Dai Donovan (b. 1947) miner and union liaison to Lesbians & Gays Support The Miners
Nominated by Andrew White, Stonewall.
Wena Parry (b.1939) trans law reform campaigner and preacher
Nominated by Madeleine Rees
Gloria Jenkins (b. 1937) Founder of FFLAG and Stonewall in Wales
Nominated by Derek Walker, Wales Co-operative Centre
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