Forbidden Lives -

Forbidden Lives

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Stories from Wales



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Forbidden Lives is a fascinating collection of portraits and discussions that aims to populate LGBT gaps in the history of Wales, a much neglected part of Welsh heritage. In it Norena Shopland reviews the reasons for this neglect while outlining the activity behind the recent growth of the LGBT profile here. She also surveys LGBT people and their activity as far back as Giraldus Cambrensis' Journey Through Wales in the twelfth century where he reports on 'bearded women' and other hermaphrodites. There is still plenty of work to do, as chapters on the responses to Pride in Wales and the first gay play, We All Fall Down, clearly show. But the stories of the people portrayed in the book are less likely to be repeated: the LGBT community has moved from living forbidden lives to a place largely less forbidding. Norena Shopland helps us understand the struggle which achieved these changes.

Product code: 9781781724101

ISBN 9781781724101
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H208xW135
No. Of Pages 248
Publisher Poetry Wales Press
Forbidden Lives explores and uncovers the hidden LGBT history of Wales through portraits of significant LGBT figures and the charting of key social and cultural moments in that history. Norena Shopland, a longstanding researcher and activist, has written an accessible and important first guide to the field which will be widely welcomed.