I wanted to reach out on behalf of Queer Britain, a charity working to create the UK’s first national LGBTQ+ museum.
Throughout history, the experiences of LGBTQ+ people have often been erased, overlooked or marginalised, leaving a gap in our national story. To change this and ensure that future generations can see themselves represented in history, Queer Britain has teamed up with Levi’s® and Post Office to run an Open Letters campaign, inviting members of the LGBTQ+ community and its allies to share an open letter with the museum. The letters will live in Queer Britain’s ever-growing archive and will help to record and preserve valuable accounts of what it means to be LGBTQ+ in Britain today.
The letters are also going to be studied by historians at Goldsmiths, University of London and Kent State University as part of the Queer Pandemic research project. The project looks at how queer identities and communities have been shaped and strengthened by both Covid-19 and previous crises, including the AIDs epidemic, violence, criminalisation, and restricted access to healthcare.
For us, it’s incredibly crucial that the campaign reaches as many people from the within the LGBTQ+ community as possible, regardless of age, race, religion, gender, sexuality, location, etc. as we would love to have their voices and stories recorded, studied and preserved for future generations. For this reason, we have arranged for all letters to be free to send – all you need to do is address the letter to ‘Freepost OPEN LETTERS TO QUEER BRITAIN’ and post, as usual, no stamp required!
With this in mind, we wanted to ask if you would be interested in sharing some information about the campaign with your network and hopefully encourage them to write and share their open letters with Queer Britain.
We’ve created an information pack attached to give you a more in-depth idea of how to get involved, and also a set of digital assets in case you’d like to share with your audience via email / social/online.
Any questions at all, please do let me know. Would love to get your thoughts, and any support will be very appreciated!
Thanks so much,
Tina Wetshi, Fashion Account Intern