Prejudice and Pride: Exploring LGBTQ history

National Trust team outside Birmingham Back-to-Backs during Birmingham Pride 2017

Many of the places in our care were home to, and shaped by, people who challenged conventional ideas of gender and sexuality. In 2017, 50 years after the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality, we explored our LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer) heritage with a programme called Prejudice and Pride.

Clare Balding recording the LGBTQ podcasts

Our LGBTQ podcast series presented by Clare Balding 

Download and listen to the stories of exile and tragedy, of loving relationships and scandals as we explore the lost and hidden LGBTQ histories of our places with a six-part podcast series presented by broadcaster and author Clare Balding.

Some of the stories from our places

More LGBTQ stories and events from our places

Here is a roundup of LGBTQ stories from our places and the events we’re hosting to mark the anniversary of partial de-criminalisation.

Volunteers for Pride 2017 in the courtyard at the Birmingham Back to Backs

Volunteering at Birmingham Pride 

In 2017 we took part in Pride festivals up and down the country. Volunteer Room Guide Katherine Dunn reveals what it was like taking part in Birmingham Pride.


Artists respond to Prejudice and Pride

We worked with two national artists in residence, Simona Piantieri and Michele D’Acosta, to respond creatively to the LGBTQ heritage of our places and create three short films that tell the broader story of the importance of this heritage across over a hundred years of history.

Watch an extract from one of the films following our involvement at Birmingham Pride.