LGBTQ+ History Month February 2021: do you have a story to share?

Photograph by Angela Christofilou (@protests_photos on Instagram) whose archive is held at the Bishopsgate Institute.
Photograph by Angela Christofilou (@protests_photos on Instagram) whose archive is held at the Bishopsgate Institute.

Hopefully, if you are reading this, you’ll know that Strandlines is a site dedicated to stories about and from the Strand area: from Trafalgar Square to where the Strand meets Fleet Street; Temple, Embankment and Charing Cross; and into the southern edge of Covent Garden.

The editorial team are seeking stories, memories, art, short research pieces, creative writing, or contributions in any other visual or textual medium that speak about queer experience in the area.

We accept original pieces as well as ‘reposts’ or extracts from previously published personal blogs or other on- or offline venues (provided you have permission from your publisher if applicable!).

What you might choose to write about or visually depict is totally up to you, as long as a Strand location features somehow!

Experiences from last week, last year, 10 years ago, 50 years ago (you see where we are going with this!) and research about earlier histories are all welcome.

Stories about protest and politics are encouraged, and just as important are stories of joy and love, and simple, every day moments that – for whatever reason – linger in your memory.

You can contribute anonymously, with a pen name, or your name.

There is no minimum word limit or minimum image limit. We welcome single images with a caption of 1-100 words, micro/flash fiction, poetry, or diary-type entries. A maximum of 1000 words, 5 images, or 10 minutes of video/ audio is preferred, but we can be flexible.

Of course, Strandlines welcomes stories with a focus on queer experiences or histories all year round! However, LGBTQ+ History Month provides us with an opportunity to join a national celebration and time to reflect.

Strandlines aims to archive lives on the Strand past, present, and creative. At present, our collection does not reflect the full diversity of life on this busy and ever-changing street. We look forward to exploring your contributions!

Send your contributions to assistant editor Fran Allfrey, francesca.allfrey@kcl.ac.uk. The deadline for LGBTQ+ History Month is the 20th February 2021, however, you can always submit after the deadline for publication throughout the year.

Photo: from the Bishopsgate Institute collection of photographs by Gordon Rainsford.

Photo: from the Bishopsgate Institute collection of photographs by Gordon Rainsford.

 

SOPHIE performing at Heaven, Future Classic.

SOPHIE performing at Heaven, Future Classic.

 

Heaven under the arches, by @OrlandoBrooklynDevito on Instagram.

Heaven under the arches, by @OrlandoBrooklynDevito on Instagram.

 

Photograph by Angela Christofilou (@protests_photos on Instagram) whose archive is held at the Bishopsgate Institute.

Photograph by Angela Christofilou (@protests_photos on Instagram) whose archive is held at the Bishopsgate Institute.

The Strandlines editors got to know each other either through working together on events for the first iteration of Strandines, or through related research interests. The group includes expertise in medieval, digital and eighteenth-century matters; in hair work and memorial culture, authors’ rights and churchyards; in drones and undergrounds; in soundscapes and life writing. We share different forms of fascination with London, and can occasionally be found discovering more common interests in one of the Strand’s pubs.

3 Comments

  1. Strandlines by Nora Geist - Strandlines on 12 February 2021 at 4:22 pm

    […] February is LGBTQ+ History Month in the UK! Strandlines invites contributions from all Strand-dwellers, visitors, and dreamers all year round, however, we launched a call this year for contributions to mark the History Month. […]

  2. A Strand gay map - Strandlines on 22 February 2021 at 1:53 pm

    […] February is LGBTQ+ History Month in the UK! Strandlines invites contributions from all Strand-dwellers, visitors, and dreamers all year round, however, we launched a call this year for contributions to mark the History Month. […]

  3. […] February is LGBTQ+ History Month in the UK! Strandlines invites contributions from past and present Strand-dwellers, visitors, and dreamers all year round, however, we launched a call this year for contributions to mark the History Month. […]

Leave a Comment