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.

Articles

Arena Three

Arena Three: Britain’s first lesbian magazine

Steven Dryden looks at how Britain’s first lesbian magazine came about and its impact on society.

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The men killed under the Buggery Act

The men killed under the Buggery Act

Steven Dryden explores three executions under the Buggery Act during the 1800s, looking at how they were reported in the media of the time.

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Transgender identities in the past

Transgender identities in the past

Steven Dryden invites transgender activists to consider two newspaper articles from our collections and asks if we can find trans and gender non-conforming identities in the past.

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Bisexuals in print

Bisexuals in print

Jen Yockney MBE discusses the longest-running magazine for bisexuals Bi Community News – how it emerged, the content it covers and its relationship with the gay press.

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LGBTQ themes in the British Library collections

LGBTQ themes in the British Library collections

Hannah Gabrielle takes a look at how LGBTQ people, narratives and interpretations cut through the British Library’s vast collections.

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Blog posts

A medieval rainbow

Friday, June 8, 2018

June is Pride Month, an annual celebration around the world of the LGBTQ+ community. An important symbol of Pride is the rainbow pride flag, with the colours of the rainbow commonly representing diversity in gay, lesbian and trans culture. To...

Spring news from the Eccles Centre

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Above: John Rocque's, 'A General Map of North America' [Maps K.Top.118.32] Our colleagues from the Americas Collections have kindly allowed us a slot on the blog, so we thought we would let you know about some changes that are coming...

Recording of the week: Trusting the Voice

Monday, February 26, 2018

Martyn Taylor's oral history of older gay men

Angus Wilson - ‘the most unconventional librarian’

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

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...

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