It's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered (LGBT) Month across the UK and while in London there's usually a lot going on for the LGBT community on a weekly basis, there's a lot more going on than usual. The Museum of London is currently hosting an exhibition to coincide with the second LGBT History Month: Queer Is Here is a glimpse at the hidden histories of London's LGBT communities, using pieces from the collection, photographs from a decade of Gay Pride events and oral history recordings from the oral history collection and British Sound Archive.
The oral history recordings offer an emotional and deeply personal view of London's LGBT history, with contributions from those who were around when any homosexual activity was criminal and dangerous to even contemplate in the city, and later tales of persecution and protest during the 1960s. Most interesting are stories from the present day that highlight how far the LGBT community have come and how established the scene is in London:
"Sometimes I just feel I’m not actually in the real world because my whole life is gay, and it’s like, I’ll go and see a friend who is straight and we’ll go to a bar and I’ll think, ‘God I haven’t been in a straight bar for 6 months!" - (Remy Kirk, born 1976, talks about her lifestyle and gay scene)
Queer is Here is at the Museum of London until 5th March. Admission is free. This exhibition will then tour to further venues in London. For more information and opening times, please click here .