Between 1986 and 1990, ‘In The Pink’ was a free LGBT+ newspaper published monthly at the Trade Union Resource Centre in Digbeth and distributed to groups, pubs, and clubs around the West Midlands. The paper’s content varied from interviews and listings to more political articles, thought pieces and health advice.
For the 2018 festival, SHOUT Artist in Residence Sean Burns edited a new issue of the paper, referencing the original formatting and commissioning a new collective of voices to reflect on Birmingham in the 1980s, discuss personal and collective histories and address some of the matters facing LGBTQ+ people in the region today.
With contributions from Clare Lyndsy, Danni Ebanks-Ingram, Elly Clarke, Harry Alimo, James Bartholomew, James Lawrence Slattery, Kim McAleese, Olivia Sparrow, Rhiannon Williams, Rico Johnson-Sinclair, Ryan Kearney, Sarah Dolman, Sean Burns, Trevor Pitt and Twiggy.
A pre-festival ‘In The Pink’ launch party took place at Grand Union as part of the November 2018 Digbeth First Friday. The new ‘In the Pink’ issues were distributed at venues across the Gay Village and the West Midlands.
(Image credit: Elly Clarke, 2018 from ‘Queer Encounter: Twiggy’ featured in ‘In The Pink’, 2018)