James Ledward editor of our community magazine died on Thursday October 3rd 2019 after a short illness. Following his diagnosis in early September, James spent his final few weeks with those closest to him particularly his sister Rosalyn and his beloved husband Besi.
Although James’ illness and passing was untimely James did spend time with his partners and core team, making contingency plans for the continuation Gscene as a physical published magazine. James believed in the value of Gscene as a community lifeline to thousands across Brighton & Hove, the South East, the South Coast and the magazine will continue to be published in his name and honour.
There will be a short tribute to James in the November edition but the remainder of the magazine will in accordance with James’ wishes be published as was planned; the HIV/AIDS edition.
The Gscene editorial and publication team will be producing a special commemorative edition of the magazine in the coming months. This will be entirely dedicated to James Ledward his life in Brighton and Hove, and to his work as a true and tireless champion of the broadening range of LGBTQ communities in which we live. We invite you to share your memories, photographs, stories – community and personal, with us at Gscene so that as an entire set of communities we can remember a true legend who lived amongst us.
At Gscene we all feel the loss of James incredibly personally, whatever our role in the magazine’s publication and we know that so many of you who feature in and have for years read the magazine, will too. In James Ledward’s name and as he expressly wished in his final weeks, we will continue.
If you would like to contribute to the commemorative edition, please share your stories with firstname.lastname@example.org