In celebration of LGBT History Month in February 2010, Guideposts Trust at Henry Smith House coordinated a number of events in and around the Watford area.
The month’s theme – ‘Claiming our history, celebrating our present creating our future’ – meant that the Watford Junction website was felt to be the right place to add stories from another a set of people who are often written out of history.
Stories were invited from all, whether LGBT or not:
- Perhaps a reflections on a spinster aunt or bachelor uncle – but were they?
- What did you think when Elton John said he was Gay?
- Did you tease (or even bully) some one because they were different?
- Tell us about a LGBT person who has made a difference to your life.
Why collect Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Trans heritage?
Until recently, most LGBT people preferred to avoid attention. Many still do. Even today, the penalties for those who refuse to conceal themselves, or fail to do so, can be severe. They can range from ostracism and victimisation to assault and even murder.
In the past, the silencing of LGBT people was often reinforced by legislation and censorship. So little obvious evidence survives, and what does is likely to be negative in the recording and reporting of ‘crimes’.
This project was supported by: