As I am sure you know, February is LGBT History Month in the UK, a month long annual observance aiming to combat prejudice against the LGBT community, increase the visibility of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and celebrate their contribution to our society. We at Layers of London are hoping to do our part and make our website a repository of LGBT history.
Over 5000 records have already been added to Layers of London and the site is becoming a really wonderful resource for researchers, schools, and anyone interested in learning about their local area. We have some LGBT content already, but not nearly enough! We are hoping to increase the amount of records that deal with LGBT issues so that the site can truly reflect the diversity of the city and so that it can serve as a record of this element of London’s history.
With this goal in mind we are going gay for February! We are hoping to get as many LGBT records added as we can and we need your help! Do you know something about queer London history that could be forgotten if it is not recorded? Do you have photographs of a historic LGBT venue that is now closed? Are you an expert in naval sodomy trials of the 18th century? If so, please add it to the map or anything else about the history of LGBT London. We want to be able to cover a wide range of queer communities, even if you don’t have time to add a record please get in touch with us by email or on Twitter to let us know what we are missing.
Layers of London will serve as a record of the history of Londoner’s lives and experiences for many years to come. Let’s make a start this February to ensure that LGBT Londoners are included!