From the 1500s to today, this site charts the struggles for love, identity and legislative change faced by LGBTQ communities in the UK.
Here we explore the experiences and stories encountered in our collections, but also pose questions and seek to involve the community in thinking about answers. This is not a finite resource and will grow over time to represent the spectrum of LGBTQ life and experience in the UK.
Featured collection items
Martyn Taylor's oral history of older gay men
In the entrance of the Humanities reading room at the British Library hangs a painting of a man. It’s easy to overlook this somewhat shady portrait rendered in oil paint of autumnal tones. Portrait of Angus Wilson hanging near the...
This week marks the end of the Library's 'Gay UK: Love, Law and Liberty' exhibition. In the wake of the 50th anniversary of the Sexual Offences Act which partially decriminalised homosexuality in England and Wales, the exhibition reflects on gay...
Allan Horsfall on gay rights campaigning in 1960s Lancashire