SAVE THE DATE: 25-27 August 2017

Icons And Allies

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 iconsandallies@pridecymru.com.

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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