By India Patel, UCL
For Pride Month we have been compiling organisations that are exploring the intersection of religious and LGBTQIA histories in their collections. This has also included archives that seek to gather information and document the work of the LGBTQ+ individuals and activists within religious communities.
A useful source is the LGBTQ+ Archive Project that compiles archives, research guides and newspaper archives covering all manner of LGBTQ themes and histories. Of particular interest is the:
- LGBTQ Religious Archives Network whose ‘Collections Catalog’ identifies more than 330 primary source collections from or about LGBTQ+ religious organisations or activists.
Other useful sources are the:
- Centre for LGBTQ and Gender Studies in Religion’s Archives Project
- St Andrews produced a LGBTQ+ reading list that includes a number of texts that discuss LBTQ+ history and themes in religions such as Christianity and Islam
Many museums as part of a wider move to become more inclusive spaces have sought to “queer” their collections, which in part has included researching and sharing the LGBTQ+ connections of their objects.
Below is a list of museums whose LGBTQ+ trails include objects that intersect with religious histories and themes:
British Museum: Desire, Love and Identity: LGBTQ histories trail
Pitt Rivers: Out in Oxford
University of Exeter: Out and About
V&A: Out In The Museum
The Museum of Croydon: Queer+ Archive
This information will be added to the website’s permanent collection of resources. This list is by no means exhaustive, and we aim to continually add to it, so if you are aware of any other relevant resources or organisations please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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