(Pic: The location for the museum is yet to be announced, but the organisers say a suitable site has been identified. © Francisca Silva)
A new project has been announced this week to create “a world-leading LGBTQ+ museum” in London. Shola Rochelle reports
Organisers say the museum will “shine a light on to its communities’ rich and complex history.” Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan said: “As Mayor, it’s so important to me that London is seen as a city where LGBTQ+ people feel valued, happy and safe – this sends a clear message to the world that London is a beacon of diversity. I look forward to the opening of the new museum and the role it will play in shining a light on LGBTQ+ history.”
A passer-by said “I think it’s really good, the history of LGBTQ is swept under the rug most of the time. It’s nice that people of the LGBTQ community have somewhere to come to learn about the history and find stuff out they might not know” whilst another person said “Well this is the first I’ve heard about it; it sounds really exciting. Every sector of the community should be represented.”
“Between now and the anticipated opening of the museum in 2021, Queer Britain will be collecting stories from the LGBTQ+ community nationwide and their allies to ensure these vital pieces of history are understood and celebrated for years to come.”
The planned museum’s website adds: “Queer Britain is working to establish the UK’s first national LGBTQ+ museum, a place as exciting as the people, stories and ideas it explores and celebrates. It will be an essential place for all regardless of sexuality or gender identity, to find out about the culture they have been born into, have chosen or seek to understand.”
Our Reporter Remeka Washington walked the streets of London to find out the publics thoughts.