General Resources

This page contains our general resources, please click on one of the buttons below for more specific resource sets. You can also access these from the site’s main menu.

The new Pride flag is available to download for free here.

Hidayah is a national non-incorporated charity founded in 2017 to support LGBTQI+ Muslims. Its aims are to To increase the visibility and voices of LGBTQI+ Muslims; To raise awareness of the needs of LGBTQI+ Muslims; To provide educational resources and projects to support LGBTQI+ Muslims; To develop opportunities for LGBTQI+ Muslims to access welfare services; To campaign to provide social justice for the LGBTQI+ Muslim community. To find out more go to their website

A new film about the first Pride London March in 1972 ‘Are You Proud’ is now available. Directed by Zachary Cole, the film is ostensibly about Britain’s first Pride March. However it covers the beginning of the Gay Liberation Front (GLF), the Peter Tatchell Human Rights Foundation, the Shropshire LGBT Film Festival, the Shropshire National LGBT History Festival (now known as OUTing the Past) and Liverpool Pride. It finishes by asking questions about Pride in London as it is now. Click here to read more.

LGBTQ+ Primary Hub – “Our Mission is simple: Enhance the delivery of LGBTQ+ inclusive education in primary schools by providing teachers with the support they need.”

Homosexuality at the Foreign Office 1967–1991 – James Southern, FCO Historians

The 20 minute whistle-stop tour also includes the international struggle for LGBT+ Equality – including images that some  people may find disturbing. Contributors and interviewees include Peter Tatchell, Frankie Green, Peter Roscoe, Geoff Hardy, Stuart Milk of The Harvey Milk Foundation, Jenny Bishop and Dr Emma Vickers.

Our friends at the Proud Trust have a fantastic LGBT History Month 2020 Resource Pack that you can access free here

We also have our wallchart produced in association with the Forum for Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Equality in Further and Higher Education and a group of trade unions.

The British Museum shares wih you their take on LGBT+ History issues

Daniel Bregman has put together very useful suggestions on how to Usualise LGBT issues throughout the curriculum.

There are also Curriculum Subject Area Identity Posters produced by Kit Heyam of York LGBT History Month in response to requests from schools in York for resources to help make LGBT history visible in the curriculum.

E M Forster and the Labouchere Family – By Andrew Lumsden – A talk given at Charleston Farmhouse in Sussex on Saturday 8 February 20 during the house’s first venture as a hub for “OUTing the Past”

Annette Pryce of the NUT LGBT+ Network has created a video file that can be shown in school for history month. Some trailers clipped together and other stuff to show them how close history really is.

Historic England looks at some buildings and asks whether there is such a thing as Queer Architecture. Go here to see and read more

View The Tie Campaign’s Resources.

Live from Wednesday 19th February, BBC History has its LGBTQ+ History Month page, looking at the progress the BBC has made in its portrayal of LGBTQ+ people since 1922.
The site includes:
Timelines, articles, a special Gaytime TV feature, and a Share Your Memories page to encourage people to upload their experiences of watching and listening to LGBTQ+ programming over the years.

click the picture to visit the website

BBC – How do we apply modern LGBT+ language and identities to historical figures?

English Heritage has created a map and guide to England’s LGBT Heritage entitled Pride of PlaceCheck out your hometown and, if there’s anything missing that you think needs to be there, put it in. It’s interactive.

Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) Policy Advisor Liz Ellis talks about how they celebrated LGBT History Month and the importance of creating safe spaces, as well as tellling us of some LGBT History events throughout 2018. Go here to read it

Meanwhile, our partners in Scotland are celebrating LGBT History Month Scotland. Organised by LGBT Youth Scotland, Scottish LGBT History Month is based on the theme of ‘When We Were Young’. They have published a pdf explaining how to celebrate the month and it can be accessed here

LGBT Youth Scotland’s website is  . They have a folder of resources for schools including lesson plans and ideas, as well as assembly plans. You can find them in a Onedrive folder here

Jeff Evans – We’re Here, We’re Queer, And We’re Not Going Shopping!

Section 28 – 2018 is also the 30th anniversary of Section 28, a regressive piece of legislation introduced by the Thatcher government of 1979-1990. Section 28 of the 1988 Local Government Act stated that councils should not “intentionally promote homosexuality or publish material with the intention of promoting homosexuality” in its schools or other areas of their work.

Back in 2013 we gathered together a small collection of original documents and publications relating to Section 28, as part of our ‘pink promotion’ to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the repeal of the legislation. We’re making them available again: Schools OUT UK – Section 28 Resources

Elizabeth L. Chapman & John Vincent of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals have put together their Top Tips for Preparing for LGBT History Month. See their guide here

Andrew Lumsden, who was a participant in the Gay Liberation Front in the 1970s and edited Gay News during the 1980s, has kindly sent us his perspective on The 1967 Sexual Offences Act, in which he expresses the importance of celebrating the Act as the first stepping stone on the crossing to equality and of thanking those who put their careers and reputations on the line to see it through, rather than focusing on the shortcomings. To read his analysis, go here: andrew-lumsden

Queering Glamorgan is a research guide to sources for the study of LGBT history, produced by the Glamorgan Archives – compiled by Norena Shopland and Dr Daryl Leeworthy.

“Just Me” – film by Adam Tyler
Just Me is a powerful thirteen-minute film from BAFTA-winning educational channel TrueTube, about a young couple who are fighting to keep their relationship together when one of them comes out as gender non-binary. The short drama’s script was developed in consultation with charity Gendered Intelligence, for classroom use, and the film is free to use for everybody. The filmmakers hope it can help any non-binary or gender non-conforming young people feel seen and validated, be used as a tool to increase understanding for non-binary and other trans young people’s experiences, and help model positive communication about gender and identity.

“Just Me”

The Rainbow Planet booklet was distributed at Pride in London in 2019. It was written for a target audience of 16-25 year olds.

We have chosen Bishopsgate Institute for all our archives as we feel it is one of the UK’s most accessible and friendly archive; home to a huge range of LGBT+ resources, including thousands of journals, books, banners, badges, t-shirts, memorabilia, oral histories, written personal accounts, private papers, reports, postcards, posters, press clippings, photographs and more on individuals and organisations important to understanding and celebrating LGBT+ history, politics and culture. The collections include the archives of organisations such as Stonewall, Switchboard and Outrage! and the records of important LGBT+ activists such as Peter Tatchell and Paris Lees. The collections are open to all; no need to book in advance to come and see them or to undertake research. Follow the link below to access the catalogue and find out more about this incredible repository of LGBT+ history.

Our papers are quite extensive covering our own activities and myriad LGBT+ organisations, events and conferences. The catalogue can be found here. Before you have a clear out of papers, memorabilia and photos contact  Stef Dickers at Bishopsgate or your local archive.

We need to have a record of what we did and who we are. We must not be invisibilised!