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We Can Be Heroes by Paul Burston

We Can Be Heroes by Paul Burston


Activist.  Journalist.  Survivor. One man's journey from Prejudice to Pride.

Paul Burston came out in the mid-1980s, when 'gay' still felt like a dirty word, especially in the small Welsh town where he grew up. He moved to London hoping for a happier life, only to watch in horror as his new-found community was decimated by AIDS.  He became an activist  and joined ACT UP taking part in many demonstrations and being arrested.


Later he became the editor of the Lesbian and Gay Section in Time Out the important and influential listings magazine.   As a journalist he spoke up for the rights of the community at a time of tabloid homophobia and legal inequality. He's written a number of books both fiction and non-fiction and hosts the award winning Polari Salon which celebrates LGBT writing.  

We Can Be Heroes is an illuminating memoir of the eighties, nineties and noughties.


"This memoir is brutally honest... Wonderful!" - Russell T. Davies


  • Details

    Imprint: Little A

    Publication Date: 1/6/2023

    ISBN: 9781662501050

    Type: Paperback

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