Piers & Queers

a tour of Brighton's LGBTQ history

 

***** Broadway Baby            ***** 'Awesome tour. Highly recommended' - Love Fringe

 

**** 'a tour that constantly surprises us with hidden facts about the city' - Broadway Baby

 

'definitely needs to be one of the first things you do for your gay holiday in Brighton' - DNA Magazine

 

'a charming and knowledgable expert in gay history' - Bent Magazine

 

 'incredible characters and untold stories' - Gay Star News

 

Brighton is one of Europe's queerest cities. During the 18th century sea-bathing craze, Brighton's position as the nearest coast south of London transformed the town into a cosmopolitan place of resort, recreation and freedom, a destination for people who didn't conform. With an LGBTQ population now estimated at 15%, Brighton celebrated England's first civil partnerships, and hosts the UK's largest Pride event as well as Europe's only Trans Pride, rightly earning its title as the LGBTQ Capital of Britain.

 

Peers and Queers is a tour of Brighton from a lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer perspective, in a colourful 90-minute walk along the beach and historic city centre.

 

We take in over 200 years of history including Regency Dandies, 1950s lesbian and gay life, and political activism. We discover prominent historical figures including Lord Byron, Oscar Wilde and Dusty Springfield, as well as some extraordinary unsung heroes, including a pioneering doctor who passed as man decades before women were allowed to practice medicine, a 19th-century lesbian diarist, an Edwardian 'drag king' and a 'same-sex' marriage in 1923. 

 

To get a taste of the tour, click on the reviews at the top of the page.

 

Tours available year-round most Thursdays & Sundays 2pm

You Tube star Davey Wavey enjoying the Piers and Queers tour

 

Private tours available at any time email me

 

I am also available to give illustrated talks on LGBTQ history

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