Saturday, 15 July 2017
World War Two gay love letters could be adapted for Hollywood
Gilbert Bradley and Gordon Bowsher's letters were written during the war, when they could have been killed just for loving one another.
One of the letters states: : "Wouldn't it be wonderful if all our letters could be published in the future in a more enlightened time. Then all the world could see how in love we are".
In the end the pair did get their wish and it could even go more mainstream in the coming years.
A volunteer for the museum, Mark Hignett purchased the letters on eBay!
Mr Bradley's connection to Oswestry comes from being stationed to train as an anti-aircraft gunner there in 1939.
The letters prove the couple were in a relationship from 1938, and they continued to exchange letters until 1945 when they moved on.
Though homosexuality was decriminalised 50 years ago, in the U.K. you couldn't be openly gay in the military until 2000.
Apparently since their discovery the letters have received interest from producers, playwrights and publishers.
I think it would be fantastic to see this on the big screen!
Following on from the likes of The Imitation Game, when Benedict Cumberbatch played gay codebreaker Alan Turing.
We all know LGBT+ people have always existed but many of their stories go untold in the mainstream.
The world needs to be aware of the invaluable contributions the LGBT+ community have made, including serving in the armed forces.