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Historians Map Out the UK’s Hidden, Undocumented Sites of LGBT History

From the street worked by a medieval transgender prostitute, to a pond used by gay men to bathe nude, a map showing sites of historical significance to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community in England was release this week.

The “Pride of Place” project features more than 200 buildings of LGBT heritage across England, many of which were previously hidden or undocumented, according to Historic England, the public body that preserves historic buildings.

Rosie Sherrington, social inclusion and diversity adviser at Historic England, said.

You can see that the LGBT community is not just a modern phenomenon, it has been around throughout history, but now people are accepting it.”

The map categorises the sites under headings such as activism and pubs and clubs, with locations ranging from Bletchley Park, home to the work of Nazi-code breaker Alan Turing, to pub drag shows that are still operating today.

It is really good to look at ordinary and smaller places that are not landmarks but have incredible and interesting stories behind them.”

The project, organised by Historic England and led by historians at Leeds Beckett University, will feature exhibitions and presentations in an attempt to encourage people to campaign for the protection of other buildings.

The launch of the map comes just days after the landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling requiring states to allow same-sex marriage, and a month after Irish voters backed same-sex marriage in a referendum.

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1 Comment

  1. Cathie Heart of Pink Portraits Co

    July 5, 2015 at 10:52 am

    Alison Child and Rosie Wakely are two fantastic actresses in the UK who have written a play called ‘All The Nice Girls’ that brings to life the history of the lesbian community. Their play shows snippets of the life of two vaudeville lesbian partners who worked on the stage in real life. This play is a perfect blend of comedy, history, musical and drama that absolutely charmed me. Check them out here: http://www.behindthelines.info/all-the-nice-girls/

    It ties in perfectly with what the historians are doing in your article. So I thought to share what Ali & Rosie have worked hard to do. You can see their play in the Edinburgh Fring Festival in the UK soon.

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