Share your memories of Pride and help us to create the People’s Pride Archive
Fifty years of Pride in the UK
2022 is a significant year for LGBTQ+ history in the UK as we celebrate and reflect on 50 years of Pride. Since the first Pride in 1972, the scale and definition of what Pride can be has continued to expand.
Pride means something different to us all – from a call to arms and time to unite in protest, to a celebration and party with friends and allies. The queer experience is wildly diverse, and there are as many ways to celebrate Pride as there are identities within the community.
The People’s Pride Archive
We need your help to create the People’s Pride Archive.
As we commemorate the 50th anniversary of the UK's first Pride march we are collecting photos and stories of Pride through the decades.
We want to give a home to your photographs and stories relating to Pride, creating a dedicated archive that celebrates the struggles and celebrations of the past 50 years.
Pride is about people, and we want to record the excitement and the adventure, the highs and the lows, the laughter and the tears, the bravery and the defiance. It can be heartfelt, it can be powerful, or it could just be about a certain someone you finally managed to kiss – it’s whatever Pride means to you; however you want to share it.
And we’re not only interested in the big events, such as those in London, Brighton or Manchester. Whether it’s a party in your back garden, balcony or street, a memory from the 80s or 90s or from a recent Trans Pride or UK Black Pride, your story matters.
Please add your stories and photographs to the archive so they can empower, inspire and educate future generations.
At Bishopsgate Institute we are open to all, and every story matters. So, whether it’s a memory from your first Pride, or a photo from a memorable year please share it with us.
The People's Pride Gallery
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Bishopsgate Institute is possibly the largest (definitely the most accessible) LGBTQ+ Archive in the UK, holding archives from Stonewall, Switchboard, GMFA/The Gay Men's Health Charity, ACT UP London, Outrage!, Campaign for Homosexual Equality and material relating to the Terrence Higgins Trust, Boyz and QX magazines. We also hold records of individuals including Paris Lees, Robert Workman, Hazell Dean, Gordon Rainsford, Peter Tatchell, and many others…but we are also passionate about how important all of our histories are and welcome donations from anyone who wants to document their own LGBTQ+ history.
To be a part of the People's Pride Archive, all you need to do is select the tab below which will take you to a form. Provide your story, upload a picture, fill out your details and preferences, and you're good to go!
Image: Gordon Rainsford, 1994