Legal Records Reveal Industrial Glasgow’s Queer Secrets

About 5 years ago I was fortunate to offer some information for Our Story Scotland’s exhibition at Kelvingrove Museum on industrial Glasgow’s hidden queer population, during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. This was based on analysing High Court records for cases involving sodomy and gross indecency. The narrative can be found at Our Story’s excellent website.

While there you might wish to browse their section ‘Mapping the Past: Our Space and Time‘ for more reflections on Scotland’s LGBT history and development.

On a wider note, the BBC archive has some fascinating media relating to LGBT issues as they were covered over the past 5o years or so. Of particular interest might be the film made by the Scottish Minorities Group in 1976, ‘Glad to be Gay?‘, for the public access programme Open Door.

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