LGBT+ History Month

February marks LGBT+ History Month. This is an annual nationwide celebration of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and non-binary history, including the history of LGBT+ rights and related civil rights movements. It was launched in 2005 by Schools Out, an education charity with origins in the Gay Teachers Association.

LGBT+ History Month promotes inclusion, equality and understanding. It celebrates the contribution that LGBT+ people have made to all aspects of life in the UK, whilst also highlighting the prejudice they have encountered and the challenges that many still face in the battle for equality, safety and freedom of expression.

As part of Merton council's celebration of LGBT+ History Month, Merton Heritage Service has compiled a range of themed resources, from online displays, film, interviews and poetry, to useful websites and puzzles. We hope you enjoy them.

You can find details of other LGBT+ displays, events and film screenings on the Merton Libraries Events page.


Online Displays:

Click on the links below to access a range of LGBT heritage displays.


Hidden Pride


Royal pride Desire...Identity


Hidden Pride (Museum of London)

Aspects of Merton's LGBT+ Heritage


LGBT and Royal Histories

Just Like Us (Poster pack)

Desire...Identity (British Museum)

 LGBT icons from History (BBC)




Words & Pictures:

Click on the links below to access film footage, interviews, poetry and animations about LGBT Heritage.



LGBT protest march


London's gay bookshop


Pride Progress flag


LGBT Heritage Month

How much do you know...?(BBC)

History of LGBT Rights

Section 28

Changing Attitudes (Channel 4)

Coming Out Stories


Hello Poetry: LGBT

Short LGBT poems

London's Only Gay Bookshop

LGBT History in the Archives

LGBT Badges (British Museum)

Pride of Place

Hetty King (actress and former Wimbledon resident)

The History of the Rainbow flag

How Pride Was Born in the UK (BBC)

Pride in London (2019)

The Rainbow Flag Updated



Useful Websites:

Click on the links below to access a range of sites covering LGBT heritage, archives and support services.


LGBT Heritage Month logo



Gay rights protest, 1970s


London Pride



LGBTQ & History

LGBTQ Timeline

Pride of Place (Historic England)

Sexuality & Gender Identity

LGBT figures from history

Famous LGBT figures UK

Celebrating LGBT Figures

Exploring LGBTQ+ History



History of the BBC and LGBTQ

Queer Britain

LGBTQ Archives (LMA)

LGBTQ Archives (Bishopsgate Institute)

LGBTQ (V & A Museum)

LGBTQ Histories (British Library)

Communities of Resistance



Pride in London

The Pink News

London's LGBTQ History

Queer London (Londonist)

Speak Out

National HIV Story Trust

LGBTQ Support

Merton Plus (LGBTQiA+ Support)



Puzzles & Activities:


LGBT quiz



Schools Out Education Charity



lgbt wordsearch



LGBT Heritage Quiz (Metro)

Pride History Quiz for Kids



(Schools Out) LGBT Resources 

The Proud Trust (School resources)



LGBT Icons (Wordsearch)

LGBT Wordsearch (Answers)



Share your stories:

Merton Heritage Service is keen to ensure that its services and collections are representative of the local community. We are keen to expand our archives - if you have information, photographs, documents or objects that can add to the historical record of our borough, please feel free to contact us.

Email:   or call 020 8545 3239.


Related material:

For more heritage resources, visit our History Pages & Activities section.