Workplaces and Creativity

LGBTQ people have been employed in every profession and occupation. But at certain historical moments, they have been associated with some areas of employment more than others. This has often been due to simple stereotyping, especially regarding employment considered to be more suitable for the opposite sex. In other cases, some vocations were more welcoming, or at least exposure was less dangerous for LGBTQ people.

  • The Medieval Church

    Church records offer insights into the medieval Queer past.

  • Strategic Cross-Dressing

    There is a long history of women crossing gender to benefit from the financial and employment privileges afforded to men.

  • Independent Women

    From the mid-19th century, educated women who worked could remain unmarried and form their closest emotional ties with other women.

  • Women's Employment

    The First World War gave many women the opportunity to enter trades and professions that were previously closed to them.

  • Creative People

    Lesbians, bisexual women and homosexual men were prominent among the designers, artists and architects who shaped 20th-century England.