A great response to Out of the Closet

WE were pleased the Observer covered the exciting launch of Hastings and Rother Rainbow Alliance’s history project for local Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender people.

However we would like to point out that this Out of the Closet event was attended by more than 200 people, not dozens as quoted in the article.

The day was a great success and people came along to celebrate and find out more about LGB&T life stories.

The Mayor of Hastings, Kim Forward, opened the event, and she introduced the major theme of the day, the importance of remembering and recording the histories of LGB&T people.

People listened to inspirational speakers, Mark Rowlands, Roz Kaveney and Julie Gilbert-King, who shared their life stories.

There were also workshops on sharing memories and oral history, exhibitions and film screenings.

The evening entertainment was amusingly compered by author and comedian VG Lee who read from her forthcoming novel.

Local singer/songwriter Carol Prior gave a celebratory performance of great love songs.

The HRRA History Project is continuing to interview LGB&T people about their life stories. If you would like to be involved please contact Barbara@hrra.org.uk.

BARBARA MARTIN

and DAVE BURKE

Hastings and Rother Rainbow Alliance