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LGBTQ History and Alternative Sexuality Collections

Bishopsgate Library holds a variety of collections relating to LGBTQ+ history politics and culture. These include the archive collections of organisations such as Stonewall, SwitchboardGMFA: The Gay Men's Health Charity, Outrage!, and material relating to the Terrence Higgins TrustAchilles Heel magazine and QX magazine. The archive also holds records of various individuals including Paris Lees & Sue Sanders/Schools Out/LGBT History Month. 

The LGBTQ+ collections at Bishopsgate Library include the Lesbian and Gay Newsmedia Archive (LAGNA). LAGNA consists primarily of a collection of an estimated 250,000 press cuttings covering all aspects of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans experience from the late nineteenth century to the present. Sources include broadsheets, tabloids, local newspapers, magazines, journals and specialist publications. The cuttings are organised by subject matter, biographical content and location and a catalogue of all those from the 1930s to 1969 is available on the LAGNA website.

LAGNA also includes a library of around 3,000 LGBT titles, including academic works, biographies, fiction, poetry and pulp fiction. The LAGNA pamphlet collection includes around 700 pamphlets and includes programmes for festivals and events, material from campaigning organisations, catalogues and other material. The collection also includes extensive ephemera and club flyers, t-shirts, banners and badges.

Click the links on the left to further explore our collections on LGBTQ+ history and alternative sexuality.