When Gavin McGregor discovered two bags stashed away in his London loft, he didn’t think much about it until he took a much closer look. When he finally searched through the bags, he found that he’d stumbled upon a treasure trove of LGBTQ artifacts from the 1980s.
McGregor quickly realized that he had a significant time capsule of the LGBTQ scene.
And the second bag contained even more impressive finds.
McGregor also found the manuscript of a novel and tried to get in touch with the writer.
Bill Albert replied that he had submitted his novel to a short-lived publishing company that was run by two people: one now lived in South Africa and the other was Paud Hegarty, who had died from AIDS nearly 20 years ago. McGregor thought that the deceased Paud Hegarty might have been the man behind the artifact collection.
McGregor decided to donate the collection to Gay’s The Word to honor Hegarty’s legacy.
McGregor said, “I’ve received fascinating, moving, personal memories and stories from a range of people already, telling stories and sharing memories.” What a great story.