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Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ)

LGBT conference paper cover

​Front Cover of LGBTQ Conference 2005 leaflet

In 2003 London Metropolitan Archives (LMA) ran its first LGBTQ History and Archives Conference. Over the years speakers have presented on many subjects, from Ancient Egypt to Film Noir; comics to political activism and medieval monks to alternative families. The conference is part of a much bigger and growing international movement, recognising the importance of archiving personal and public collections, enabling the creating and sharing of LGBTQ histories and, in turn, empowering LGBTQ people.

Speak Out London exhibition

Speak Out London is an LGBTQ+ oral history community project which is creating a contemporary archive. The exhibition revealed stories of LGBTQ+ history, 1395 to the present, from court records to GLC events; medical studies to protest and acts of parliament to campaigns.

This exhibition, which was supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, ran during 2016 - you can find out more on the Speak Out London Blog.

LGBTQ History Club

The LGBTQ History Club meets every month. There are talks, opportunities to explore archive documents, occasional visits to other institutions and discussion. Keep up to date at


The rukus! Black Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (BLGBT) cultural archive was launched in London in 2005 by rukus! Federation Limited.

The main objectives of the archive were to:

  • Establish a living Black LGBTQ history archive in its own premises
  • Produce exhibitions, publications, talks and workshops, educational resource material to increase awareness of our lives and visibility of our history and culture
  • Create oral history interviews to preserve a record of our lives and testimonies

The archive has been collected from individuals, activists, DJs, Club promoters, community group's organisations, writers, artists and magazine publishers from within and outside our communities. Find out more about our archive collections on the LMA online catalogue.

Further information

23 April 2012
Last Modified:
29 November 2019

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