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. Historic England’s Pride of Place: LGBTQ Heritage Project uncovers and celebrates places of LGBTQ heritage across England, ranging from the frontiers of Roman Britain to houses lived in by lesbian, gay and trans people, meeting places for LGBTQ activists, and gay pubs and clubs that remain important in our lives today. Pride of Place aims to map England’s LGBTQ heritage and places. LGBTQ heritage is a fundamental and fascinating part of our national heritage.
Using the online Pride of Place interactive map via Historypin, you can plot your own LGBTQ heritage places and see what buildings and landscapes others are highlighting. You can also add images and videos.
Mapped locations already include everything from the homes of trailblazing LGBTQ individuals, to the much loved local gay bar, to the first venue in town to host equal marriage, and everything in between. In addition to lesbian and gay histories and locations, we want to record and celebrate bi, trans* and queer sites as well. The result is an online exhibition telling the stories of a multitude of buildings across the country that hold a sometimes hidden, sometimes public, LGBTQ history.
LGBTQ history is everywhere. But we still need to preserve it. You can help map LGBTQ places on the Pride of Place interactive map and Surrey Heritage hopes to have a Surrey version of this map embedded within the county’s Historic Environment Record.
The Pride of Place website features a full LGBTQ bibliography, contributions from celebrities and campaigners, hidden histories of LGBTQ heritage sites, an LGBTQ architecture gallery, and an insight into different areas of LGBTQ community history ranging from Trans and gender Crossing, love and intimacy of same-sex couples throughout time, to law, oppression and activism.
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Pride of Place is working with organisations and groups across the country to map locations of LGBTQ heritage and history. You can even host your own Pride of Place ‘Pinning Party’ to map LGBTQ heritage in your own area! If you are a community or heritage group or you would like to team up with Pride of Place to expand our coverage of your own region or city, please contact [email protected] or go to the website HistoricEngland.org.uk/prideofplace; twitter: @LGBTQPlaces