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Queer Love and Desire in the 1920s
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LGBTQ+ History Month Public Lecture: 'Fitzroy Square: Queer Love and Desire in the 1920s'



Queer Love and Desire in the 1920s

Thursday 10th February 6pm in the Ballroom

It’s December 1927. You stand on a cold street outside a house on Fitzroy Square, near London’s thriving West End. You take the stairs down to the basement flat, where a red light greets you, letting you know that you are welcome. The gramophone blares in the background and raucous laughter can be heard; you are excited for the evening ahead, yet you risk everything by being here.

A scene like this is what would have greeted several men gathering at this flat in the winter of 1927. We know about these gatherings due to the extensive undercover surveillance and surviving records held at The National Archives (London). But why were these individuals being observed? Because at these gatherings men would have relationships with other men, in an era when sexual acts between men were both criminalised and widely socially unacceptable. In this lecture, we will hear the stories of the individuals who visited this flat, who defied the law, to boldly live, love and party despite the potential consequences.

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Image courtesy of The National Archives ref TNA CRIM 1/387

  • Hosted in the castle ballroom
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Virtual option over Zoom
  • Drinks reception afterwards

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