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Take a look at an old photograph of people on the pier, strolling along the prom or sunning themselves on the beach. You'll probably assume that everyone pictured is straight. That's 'the norm'... but even if you can’t see us, queer people have always been here. You just need to look a little bit closer.

Tapestry by Sarah Jane Barker, 2019 - Queer The Pier  - Photgrapher: Zoltan Borovics

Tapestry by Sarah Jane Barker, 2019 - Queer The Pier - Photgrapher: Zoltan Borovics

Queer the Pier is a ground-breaking new exhibition at Brighton & Hove Museum and Art Gallery, geared to help Brightonians and visitors to the city do just that.  Using genuine artefacts from the pier itself such as the ghoul mask from the ghost train and a fortune telling automaton, museum-goers are taken on an interactive ehibition - a journey through time. Captured with all the fun and vibrancy that the pier embodies is the story of the unique contribution made to LGBTIQ+ history by the people of Sussex.

Campaign badges worn by marchers across the South East, c1980s, on loan from Alf Le Flohic - Queer The Pier  - Photgrapher: Zoltan Borovics

Tapestry by Sarah Jane Barker, 2019 - Queer The Pier - Photgrapher: Zoltan Borovics

Ahead of the exhibition's opening weekend, Alex Baker caught up with Daren Kay and E-J Scott - two of the faces that form part of a team of curators and collectors behind the landmark exhibition...

 

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