Pride of Place: England's LGBTQ Heritage
Queer heritage is everywhere. What we today call Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Queer (LGBTQ) histories are embedded in the buildings and landscapes all around us. Pride of Place uncovers and celebrates places of LGBTQ heritage across England, ranging from the frontiers of Roman Britain to the gay pubs and clubs that remain important in our lives today.
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The built environment is where we have lived, loved, socialised and taken shelter. Not only does it meet our needs, it reflects our lives and desires.
A key feature of Pride of Place is an interactive crowd-sourced map that identifies places that are relevant to LGBTQ heritage and history.
Many historical locations and sources shed light on LGBTQ pasts. Some identities, groups and periods have been better recorded than others.
How same-sex couples have celebrated their relationships over the centuries.
Homes provided security and safety for some LGBTQ people. For others, home was the place of greatest risk.
LGBTQ people have used all kinds of places and buildings to meet and find partners for sex, love, socialising and for political activism.
At certain historical moments, LGBTQ people have been associated with some areas of employment more than others.
There are rich histories of people crossing gender throughout English history that resonate for trans and genderqueer identities today.
Anglo-Saxon laws made no mention of same-sex desire or sodomy. Sexual activity between men wasn't criminalised until the reign of Henry VIII.
In response to oppression and social marginalisation, LGBTQ people gradually came together to campaign against unjust laws.
LGBTQ people have designed buildings throughout history but is there such a thing as queer architecture?
Celebrities and campaigners tell us about the places that are important to them.
Pride of Place is an initiative led by a team of historians and scholars at Leeds Beckett University's Centre for Culture and the Arts.
The contributors and sources that helped to create Pride of Place.
A reading list of sources for LGBTQ heritage information.