LGBTQ History
Ian McKellen and James Laurenson perform a scene between Edward II and Piers Gaveston

LGBTQ History

LGBTQ history has often been hidden from view, but many individuals throughout history have lived radical private lives outside the accepted sexual norms of the time.

Find out more about the lives of England’s LGBTQ people, and their important place in the stories of English Heritage sites.

 

 

Image: Ian McKellen and James Laurenson as Edward II and Piers Gaveston. © Central Press/Getty Images

Stories of England's LGBTQ Past

Find out about LGBTQ individuals associated with English Heritage sites, and how the laws and norms of the time affected their lives.

Alan Turing
© National Portrait Gallery, London

London Pride

Of the hundreds of individuals honoured with a London blue plaque, many have lived radical private lives outside the accepted sexual norms of the time, from Oscar Wilde to Virginia Woolf and Alan Turing.

Some were persecuted for it and some helped to challenge public perceptions of gender and sexuality. Explore the stories of some of London’s famous LGBTQ residents through our blue plaques scheme.

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