‘That which never can be suppressed’: LGBTQ+ history in the RCP collections
7pm - 8pm
Photograph of man in a crouched pose one arm outstretched in 'Life is movement' by Eugene Sandow, 1919

Explore how the lives of LGBTQ+ people, and attitudes to sexual and gender diversity, are reflected in the archive, heritage library and museum collections of the RCP.

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LGBTQ+ stories can be traced back at least 350 years in our collections and cover the experiences of LGBTQ+ people, including physicians, as well as the views of a society that medicalised them. What contributions did physicians make to the Wolfenden Report? Which RCP licentiate lived with his male partner and was a leading figure in the Pan-Africanist movement? Who was Dorothy Hare’s ‘inseparable’ companion? And when did two medical students from Cambridge embark on an ‘unbroken marriage of souls’?

Join us for a lively virtual event exploring some fascinating and potentially challenging collections highlighting the long, rich and inspiring history of LGBTQ+ lives.

Please note: this is an online only event.

Please note our event is not live captioned however if accessing our event using Google Chrome there is the option to turn on autocaptioning for live events - find out how here. The event will also be recorded and shared afterwards with captions. 

LGBT+ History month badge for 2024 showing a rainbow heart circled by a stethoscope

LGBT+ History month

This event is one of two events we are hosting as part of LGBT+ History Month to support the aim to increase the visibility of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (“LGBT+”) people, their history, lives and their experiences in the wider community. This year's theme is 'Medicine - #UnderTheScope':

'[This month] celebrates LGBT+ peoples’ contribution to the field of Medicine and Healthcare both historically and today. We want to showcase the amazing work of LGBT+ staff across the NHS and in other healthcare settings, in providing healthcare, especially during the Pandemic. Whilst still shining a light on the history of the LGBT+ community’s experience of receiving healthcare which has been extremely complicated leaving LGBT+ people still facing health inequalities even today.'

Find out more about the festival and other events you can attend here.

Book our other LGBT+ History month event here.

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