The UK is set to get a lot more queer as plans are unveiled for a new LGBTQ+ museum.
This morning marked a very important announcement for the UK and its LGBTQ+ community. The unveiled plans for a new LGBTQ+ museum were unveiled in London, which will see Queer Britain: The National LGBTQ+ Museum open in the city in 2021.
The museum, which is a first for the country, will shine a light on to its communities’ rich and complex history. The space will host permanent and temporary exhibitions and will also host a number of spaces that can be used by the LGBTQ+ community.
Queer Britain will preserve vital accounts of LGBTQ+ history, for generations to come to be able to witness and learn about the stories of Britain’s LGBTQ+ thriving past and present.
Co-Founder & CEO, Joseph Galliano explained:
People came out of their closets, now it’s time to come out of the margins. Queer Britain will be the first national museum for all, regardless of sexuality and gender identity. It will fully celebrate and reflect the lives of LGBTQ+ people of all backgrounds. It will help complete the nation’s family tree.
Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has also shared his support for the museum and its vision by stating that “as Mayor, it’s so important to me that London is seen as a city where LGBTQ+ people feel valued, happy and safe – this sends a clear message to the world that London is a beacon of diversity. I look forward to the opening of the new museum and the role it will play in shining a light on LGBTQ+ history.”
Between now and the anticipated opening of the museum in 2021, Queer Britain will be collecting stories from the LGBTQ+ community nationwide and their allies to ensure these vital pieces of history are understood and celebrated for years to come.
You can find more about how to get involved on the Queer Britain site and by viewing the video below.