IN THE PINK (Sean Burns, 2018)

The Newspaper for LGBTQ+ People in the West Midlands

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 interview and listings to more political articles, thought pieces and health advice.

SHOUT Artist in Residence Sean Burns has 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.

Created by SHOUT 2018 Artist In Residence Sean Burns, this unique publication brought together local histories, original editions of the In The Pink magazine, and new contributions from local artists and community organisers. 3000 print editions were distributed to venues across Birmingham and the wider West Midlands.