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UK LGBT History Project

Besi Besemar July 7, 2013

UK LGBT History Project

The UK LGBT History Project was launched two years ago last month. In that time its online encyclopaedia has expanded to include over 1700 articles, documenting the history of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) people in the UK from Julius Caesar to the present day.

It was founded by Jonathan Harbourne in conjunction with London 2018, the bid to bring the 2018 Gay Games to London. Another main contributor has been Ross Burgess, Executive Committee member of the Campaign for Homosexual Equality.

The Project is based on the same software as Wikipedia, and uses a similar approach, except that it focuses exclusively on LGBT life in the UK, and includes articles on a very large number of subjects that would never be considered ‘notable’ enough for inclusion in Wikipedia, for instance the many gay and lesbian groups around the country that have flourished for a while and then disappeared. There’s  an article for every county, city, and large town in the United Kingdom, plus an increasing number of smaller towns and local government districts.

The encyclopaedia can be explored via its timeline: CLICK HERE:

By geographical area:  CLICK HERE:

By subject:  CLICK HERE:

or by searching for the subject you’re interested in.

There’s still a great deal of work to be done: there’s a long  list of articles waiting to be written, and some of the existing articles need to be expanded.

New editors are urgently needed to research subjects and write them up. Anyone interested in helping with this work is invited to contact the project at or

For more information about the project, CLICK HERE: