By Liam Mayhew
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Queer Britain—the first national LGBT+ museum

Celebrate, explore and reflect on a history of struggle
Issue 2805
A photo on display at the Queer Britain museum shows Gay Pride protesters in the 1970s or 80s

Scenes from the LGBT+ struggle past and present at the Queer Britain museum

This museum provides intimacy, reflection and most importantly a permanent fixture for people to share stories, ideas, and celebrations. Queer Britain has created an inclusive space that welcomes all regardless of sexuality or gender. It represents the histories of so many LGBT+ people that have previously been hidden from sight and memory.

Too often representation of the struggle for LGBT+ people’s rights is dominated by popular culture. TV shows such as Drag Race, pop stars such as Lady Gaga, and the first same sex couple in Strictly Come Dancing have all helped normalise LGBT+ people in the media.

But while we appreciate that, isn’t it more important to celebrate the regular person who has also changed society from the streets, through protest and rebellion? The opening of Queer Britain’s museum, now provides crucial space to do just that.

Queer Britain has an abundance of photographs to engage with. Some of the themes they explore include faces of Britain’s LGBT+ community, past and present.

These are icons who have contributed to the fight for equality, alongside images of protest and resistance. They remind us of the struggles we still have fighting for liberation. The museum also explores key political events in the history of the LGBT+ movement.

The highlight is perhaps the final room in the Queer Britain museum. It’s a space to critically examine the progress we’ve made while reminding us that more is still to be done, particularly in the fight for trans rights. I encourage readers to visit the museum and explore, celebrate, reflect, and make history by supporting the Britain’s first LGBT+ museum.

  • Queer Britain, 2 Granary Square, King’s Cross, London N1C 4BH. Open Weds—Sun, 12-6pm. Free entry. Go to queerbritain.org.uk

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