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London LGBTQ+ Month

London has been home to the LGBT community for centuries. Sure, the community has had its ups and downs throughout the years, but there was always room for diversity in the Smoke’s pubs, households, and bathhouses. For flats for rent in london, contact us to learn more.

And yet we don’t know enough about gay history even today. Take Alan Turing as an example. Everybody knows he was a brilliant mathematician and a pioneer in computer science, but did you know he was gay?

Same can be said about Graham Chapman, one of Monty Python’s founding members, or about Virginia Woolf, one of the most prominent modernists of the twentieth century, or even about the infamous occultist Aleister Crowley.

Surely there’s more to gay history in London than meets the eye. And when best to learn about it than the LGBTQ History Month?

Gay’s The World

Gay’s The World is the first and, so far, the only dedicated LGBTQ bookshop in the UK. Crime, romance, fiction, history books – you name it, the place has it all.

The best part about the bookshop is that it’s not only a place where one can get a book or two but the fact that Gay’s The World is a significant cultural stronghold. The store has been the headquarters for several prominent campaigns such as the LGSM or Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners, etc. Whether it is a book you are interested in or the chance to make an impact – you’ve come to the right place.

Royal Vauxhall Tavern

The tavern has been a pillar of the LGBTQ community in London for decades making it a perfect place to learn more about gay culture from first hands.

Spicy drinks, hot parties, and drag nights are just the tip of an iceberg for one of Sir Ian McKellen’s favorite spots. And have you heard about that on time when Freddie Mercury sneaked Princess Diana into the tavern for a kinky night out in drag?
Princess Diana and F Mercury

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Admiral Duncan

Originally founded in 1832, this pub has gone through many ups and downs. From the ex-sailor Duncan being sent to Australia for throwing stones and King William IV to a Nazi bomb that dropped on the place killing 70 people, the place has been through a lot.

And yet it is one of the most cheerful places in London that hasn’t lost its ironic sense of humor and, of course, its inherent passion for wild drag nights.

The Transport museum

Public transport isn’t known for its tolerance towards people who are different from the “standard”. For once, there were separate seats for people of color back in the day in the US. As for the UK, a bus was actually a dangerous place for people from the LGBTQ+ community.

Yes, things have gotten better over time, but one is not to forget history in order to not repeat it. That’s why the Public Transport Museum of London has a separate LGBTQ+ collection.

Chiswick House

And my Favorite… Chiswick House, I’ve found a unique sense of community and history that intertwines with my identity in ways I hadn’t anticipated as being part of LBTQ+ Community.

My initial attraction to Chiswick House was its  peaceful escape from the hustle of city life. However, what captivated me more deeply was discovering its inclusive workshops tailored to the LGBTQ+ community. It has a fantastic collaboration with The Wild Mind Project.

These workshops were not just about gardening or creative arts; they were a journey into self-exploration and community building. Each session, set against the backdrop of this historic estate, allowed me and others in the LGBTQ+ community to share our experiences in a safe, nurturing environment. It was a place where our voices were heard, and our stories mattered. Engaging in mindful walks through the lush gardens and participating in conservation work, I felt a profound connection to nature and those around me. This program, part of the “Growing Together at Chiswick House” initiative, beautifully melded the past and the present, reminding us that while we’ve come far in our fight for acceptance and equality, there’s still comfort and strength to be found in our history and in spaces that honor our journey.

 

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