New Lottery-Funded Film to Showcase and Tell History of Gay Brighton

A new film is to be produced telling the LGBTIQ history of Brighton from all perspectives and genders. Brighton Kemptown MP Lloyd-Russell Moyle welcomed in the project on Monday of this week at Latest Music Bar in Brighton. Moyle said of the project “I am thrilled that the CIC has received this award from the Heritage Lottery Fund…I am confident that this exhibition will attract audiences in huge numbers and hundreds of participants who will join in celebrating the diversity of our city and take advantage of the learning opportunities that it will offer”.

The project entitled ‘Live and Let Live’ will be screened in Manchester Street (Latest Music Bar) over the course of the coming year. Latest stated “The projections will be an all-encompassing colourful display of the large archive of fascinating material that we have on video and film and on posters, flyers, newspaper and magazines. The project will use this unique resource of visual history”.

It was highlighted in the announcement of the project that Brighton wasn’t always the accepting community that it is today. The film’s creators hope to paint a picture celebrating those who helped to build the diversity and acceptance we are all now familiar with. The exhibition also seeks to highlight the recent and on-going regeneration of St James’s Street and Kemp Town Village, hoping to draw people into the area and letting them see for themselves what a vibrant community it is. Moyle said “We don’t talk diversity. We are diversity. We live and let live.”

The recent, and much-anticipated, approval for the re-development of Madeira Terraces will almost definitely bring more people into the East of the city, meaning greater business chances for the small independents in Kemp Town and beyond. Michelle Roffe, who is the head of the Heritage Lottery Fund in the South-East said “We are delighted to support Latest Group CIC in exploring Brighton and Hove’s LGBT+ heritage…participants will learn new skills and explore their heritage while providing a lasting record of this for wider communities, both locally and beyond”. 

At the end of the exhibition, all of the materials will be available to view online to be accessed by other organisations and communities globally and all archive materials will be donated to ensure they are accessible to all.

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