LGBT+ history month – February 2021

This month we’re celebrating LGBT+ history in Scotland.

This post is pinned to the top of this page and will be updated regularly with upcoming online events, exhibitions, film screenings etc.

Please get in touch if you have an event you would like to promote!


Where to find out more about what’s going on in Scotland to Celebrate LGBT+ history month as well as other useful resources:

Listings of online events are available on the LGBT+ history month website here – https://www.lgbthistory.org.uk

There are daily updates on their social media accounts too.

Here’s a link to their twitter feed – @LGBTHistoryScot:

LGBT Youth Scotland have also produced an Action Pack that can be downloaded with suggestions in how to celebrate by organising your own event – https://www.lgbthistory.org.uk/media/2004/action-pack-lgbt-history-month-2021.pdf

You can find out more about LGBTQ life in Scotland via Glasgow Women’s Library and their collections – https://womenslibrary.org.uk/explore-the-library-and-archive/lgbtq-collections-online-resource/lgbtq-life-in-scotland/

See also https://womenslibrary.org.uk/explore-the-library-and-archive/lgbtq-collections-online-resource/

Glasgow Women’s Library have also produced a walking tour and audio guide ‘Stride With Pride‘ – find out more here:

You can also find out more about the TIE Campaign‘s work here to promote LGBT history – https://www.tiecampaign.co.uk/our-work

Free downloadable resources are available here – https://www.tiecampaign.co.uk/resources


Events :

What is Queer Heritage? How intimacies and desires shape buildings & places

How have same-sex intimacies and gender diversity in the past been layered into the sites and streets that we inhabit today?

About this Event

How do we recognise and value everyday queer heritage? 

In the past five years queer heritage has become ever more visible through the work of organisations such as the National Trust. Buildings and places have had their LGBT+ histories rescued. They have been highlighted as an important part of the story, not only of each place but also as part of our wider national heritage. Many of these places are established historic sites, such as Plas Newydd, Strawberry Hill House, and Smallhythe Place. Others are less well-known, including the modernist St Ann’s Court, built for a wealthy couple on the outskirts of London in the 1930s. But Britain is full of more everyday buildings with a queer resonance. 

This lecture will draw on the queer heritage projects that Alison Oram has been involved with. She will focus on the materiality of places and buildings – their histories and use. Buildings might be ‘queer’ if they create a tradition of queer architectural style, or because of their association with LGBT+ inhabitants or activities. How, for example, do floor plans and interior décor reflect the queer desires of their designers and occupants? 

Join us for this Teams Live event to find out more…

Professor Alison Oram is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Historical Research, School of Advanced Study, University of London and Professor Emerita at Leeds Beckett University. She led the team who delivered “Pride of Place: England’s LGBTQ Heritage” for Historic England in 2015-16 and co-wrote the guidebook Prejudice and Pride: Celebrating LGBTQ Heritage for the National Trust’s 2017 theme in 2017. 

Her most recent book on lesbian and queer history is Her Husband was a Woman! Women’s gender crossing in modern British popular culture (2007). She is currently completing a co-authored book (with Prof Matt Cook) and other publications for the AHRC-funded research project Queer Beyond London.

You can register via eventbrite here – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/what-is-queer-heritage-how-intimacies-and-desires-shape-buildings-places-tickets-135525144355

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