OUTing the Past 2018 Gazetted Presenter Spotlight: Daniel Browne

This year, the Festival Comms Team has reached out to all OUTing the Past 2018 gazetted presenters, whose presentations you may see at upcoming celebrations. In order to provide a platform for their invaluable work, presenters were asked a series a questions to acquaint you with their previous and current projects.

Daniel Browne was kind enough to share:

My name is Daniel Browne and I am Chair of Trustees at Warwickshire Pride. As well as organising an annual Pride festival, we do a lot of work with and for the community throughout the year. As part of our community work, which I take the lead on, we have been working on uncovering Warwickshire’s LGBT+ history to bring previously untold stories to life. This is an ongoing project that has primarily been done with the help of young people from Warwickshire Pride’s Proud Youth project, partly in collaboration with Warwick District Council.

The presentation I’ll be sharing will be based on Warwickshire’s LGBT+ History, with written testimonies, artefacts and previously untold stories being part of it.

My first memory of LGBT+ history and activism was hearing about something Peter Tatchell had done. It may have been a citizens arrest he attempted on someone, but I can’t remember who. As I’ve got older and become more involved in activism myself, I’ve taken a keen interest in LGBT+ history. I believe that we have much to learn from the people and events that have come before us, and that our history must not be buried. We should continue to highlight it and dig deep for the hidden parts of LGBT+ history.

Activism plays a huge part in my life, but I would describe myself as an accidental activist. It’s not something I intended to get involved in. However, I now couldn’t imagine my life without it. History plays a huge part in the activism that I’m involved in as I believe that we must acknowledge where we have come from, as well as focusing on where we are heading. Sometimes I feel that our history, as an LGBT+ community, is forgotten about. It’s important we don’t continue to overlook or erase it.

The activism and community projects that I’m involved in tend to come under the Warwickshire Pride umbrella, and there is plenty of information at www.warwickshirepride.co.uk for those who want to know more.

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