Harry moved to Brighton in 1988 and set up a cafe that quickly became a queer hang out and hub for information, welcoming visitors as diverse as Derek Jarman and Genesis P-Orridge. During that period he volunteered as a buddy at the Sussex AIDS Centre, and lost many friends due to AIDS. He is now writing a novel framed by the era, and continues to collaborate with the Terence Higgins Trust as a work mentor, as well as being involved in other LGBT projects and podcasts.
Speaking recently to the Westhill Whistler, Harry said: “I created the Brighton AIDS Memorial collection to record stories, capture memories and trap the light before it disappears.... My journey has unearthed so much already, but I know there’s so much more that needs to be curated, archived and made accessible for future generations.
“My aim has always been to create a safe home for remembrance, recognise the queer heroes, trailblazers and organisations, and bring together all the photos, writing and ephemera in one place.”
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