LGBT+ History Month: Research Guide

To tie in with LGBT+ History Month, the Local and Family History Library have created a new research guide with some of the most relevant items of stock for anyone researching the history of LGBT+ Leeds. This weeks blog looks at some of the items in more depth. West Yorkshire Queer Stories was a project…

LGBT+ history in Leeds

Series of articles exploring and highlighting LGBT+ history and heritage in Leeds. More articles to follow – we also welcome submissions and ideas for future articles, as well as comments and corrections. LGBT+ Leeds: A Brief History in PhotographsPhotograph gallery curated by Ross Horsley, then of the West Yorkshire Queer Stories project An LGBT-themed lucky…

LGBT+ Leeds Curated Gallery

The Leodis website was relaunched in March 2021 and we are pleased to announce that the LGBT+ Leeds curated gallery is now back on the site. This was created in 2020 by West Yorkshire Queer Stories as a guide to LGBT+ history in Leeds. Featuring a variety of people, places and protests, the curated gallery…

The LGBT+ trail

Click to browse The LGBT+ trail (this tour is hosted on Leodis and was curated by the West Yorkshire Queer Stories project)

LGBT+ Leeds: A Brief History in Photographs

A heritage project called West Yorkshire Queer Stories recently spent two years interviewing LGBT+ people across the region in order to find out more about local queer history. The result is a new website packed with information and anecdotes reaching back to the 1950s, at wyqs.co.uk. Project worker Ross Horsley has picked out some of…

An LGBT-themed Lucky Dip

By Ross Horsley, Local and Family History, Leeds Central Library | The city’s Pride weekend may still be a week away but events are well underway in Leeds Libraries. Yesterday, Stonewall’s Josh Willacy hosted a discussion on ‘The History of Pride and Why It’s Important’, and still to come at Central Library are a special…

LGBT History Month and Goodbye Olympics

To commemorate February as LGBT Month and the end of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi we thought we’d delve deep into our Special Collections to bring back something from Russia with love. A French enlightenment writer, Voltaire’s 1763 ‘History of the Russian Empire under Peter the Great’ vol. 1 begins with the Preface: “Who…

Waging War on the Wiki Gender Gap

As part of our International Women’s Day series of blog posts our Senior Librarian Manager Louise Birch chatted with Curator Lucy Moore of Leeds Museums & Galleries about the gender imbalance of Wikipedia, the nature of who should be creating content, existing barriers and specifically the Wikiproject Women in Red, a project addressing the gender…