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Sexuality and identity

Throughout the 1,000 years of our collection, there have always been those who felt same-sex desire or expressed gender in unconventional ways. The state’s historical attempts to suppress sexuality and regulate gender have left us many unexpected insights into the experiences of LGBTQ+ individuals.

Focus on The origins of Section 28

Read about The origins of Section 28

Section 28 of the 1988 Local Government Act negatively affected LGBTQ+ lives for decades. How did such a seismic piece of legislation come about?