Green Party in England & Wales
'Pink' heritage plaques for Brighton's famous gay citizens, says city councillor
Brighton and Hove, renowned as the 'gay capital' of England, should
introduce heritage plaques to celebrate the contribution to the city from
members of its large lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT)
community, says Green Party councillor Bill Randall, Green culture and
tourism spokesperson on Brighton and Hove City Council.
"We welcome the city council's decision to revive the tradition of erecting
blue plaques to commemorate significant people, buildings or events
associated with the city. However, we believe the scheme should be widened
to include 'pink' plaques to commemorate the special LGBT contribution that
makes Brighton and Hove unique among cities in England."
Recommendations for 'pink' plaques should come from the city's LGBT
community, who should be invited to nominate a representative to join the
newly formed commemorative plaque panel, said Cllr Randall, who made his
proposal at the beginning of the annual UK LGBT History Month which runs
"A look at the excellent local LGBT history website: 'BRIGHTON - OUR STORY'
http://www.brightonourstory.co.uk/index2.htm suggests that Dusty
Springfield, Count Eric Stenbock, Tony Stuart and Eric Thompson could be
among those remembered.
"When enough plaques have been put up they should be linked together in a
gay and lesbian heritage trail," he added. "We shall put our proposal to
the council at the earliest opportunity. Accepting our proposal would be a
splendid way of marking LGBT History Month."