Icons and Allies

Making Our Own World

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 They should be a historical figure (i.e. no longer active in fighting for our rights) but they don’t have to be already famous.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!

1. Leo Abse (1917-2008) politician

2. Binkie Beaumont (1908-1973) stage impresario

3. Eleanor Butler (1739-1829) and Sarah Ponsonby (1755-1832) the ‘Ladies of Llangollen’

4. Micky Burn (1912-2010) commando & writer

5. Bruce Chatwin (1940-1989) travel writer

6. Dafydd ap Gwilym (c1320-c1370) poet

7. John Davies (1938-2015) historian

8. St David (c.500-589) saint

9. Hugh Despenser (1286-1326) aristocrat and lover of Edward II

10. Dai Donovan (alive) miner, liaison with Lesbians & Gays Support The Miners

11. John Gibson (?-1866) sculptor

12. Iltydd Harrington (1931-2015) politician

13. Terrence Higgins (1945-1982) namesake of Terrence Higgins Trust, UK’s largest HIV charity

14. Gloria Jenkins (1937-alive) Co-founder of Stonewall Cymru

15. Gwen John (1876-1939) painter

16. Mary Charlotte Lloyd (?-1896) painter and sculptor.

17. Angus McBean (1904-1990) photographer

18. Jan Morris (1926-) writer

19. Ivor Novello (1893-1951) playwright and songwriter

20. Tommy Nutter (1943-1992) fashion designer

21. Wena Parry (alive) Evangelical preacher

22. Katherine Philips (1632-1664) poet

23. John Randell (1918-?) surgeon

24. Goronwy Rees (1909 – 1979) scholar and member of the Wolfenden Report Committee

25. Sarah Ann Rees (1839-1916) sailor, writer and poet

26. Viscountess Rhondda (1883-1958) suffragette, businesswoman and publisher

27. Kate Roberts (1891-1985) Welsh language publisher and writer

28. Victor Spinetti (1929-2012)�actor

29. Dorothy Squires (1915-1998) singer

30. Griffith Vaughan Williams (1940-?) gay activist

31. 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)


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