The Importance of Being Earnest draws on elements of farce and melodrama in its depiction of a particular social world. Professor John Stokes considers how Oscar Wilde combined disparate influences into a brilliant satire which contained hidden, progressive sentiments.
What was the place of prostitution in 19th-century society? Judith Flanders looks at documents and publications that provide an insight into attitudes towards the profession.
The connections between the men were discovered when Hackett wrote a letter to Arden.
‘Art for art’s sake’? Aestheticism and decadence shocked the Victorian establishment by challenging traditional values, foregrounding sensuality and promoting artistic, sexual and political experimentation. Dr Carolyn Burdett explores the key features of this unconventional artistic period.
The Bard of Beauty
Steven Dryden invites transgender activists to consider two newspaper articles from our collections and asks if we can find trans and gender non-conforming identities in the past.
Steven Dryden explores three executions under the Buggery Act during the 1800s, looking at how they were reported in the media of the time.
David Govier uncovers the oral histories of a range of people from LGBTQ communities and others who fought for sexual equality.
From the passing of the Sexual Offences Act 1967 to contemporary legal cases, British Library Public Policy Manager Rob Field discusses the development of policy relating to LGBTQ and what the future may hold.
Jen Yockney MBE discusses the longest-running magazine for bisexuals Bi Community News – how it emerged, the content it covers and its relationship with the gay press.
Hannah Gabrielle takes a look at how LGBTQ people, narratives and interpretations cut through the British Library’s vast collections.
Steven Dryden looks at how Britain’s first lesbian magazine came about and its impact on society.
Tracing the journey of the LGBT community from 1533 to today, looking at the battles for equality that were fought and legislative changes made.