This year the National Trust that oversees many historical sites and old, peculiar and absolutely amazing houses around the United Kingdom is progressing. They will be hosting exhibitions and events centred around LGBTQ history and queer history surrounding the sites/houses. People will be able to go and learn about the persecutions and dangers of sexuality differences in the yesteryear. Academic experts will be working to uncover stories on the subject that have perhaps never been heard. This is not just a chance for the public to enlighten themselves on the morality of different sexual preferences and identities, but also learn about individuals that may be hidden, not shown in the oil paintings, or noted in the cursive writing in leather bound books shown behind thick glass panels. Hidden forever because of their biology.
The national trust will also be getting a lot more involved in pride parades and events around the country. To me, I think the conservative, stuffy and traditional views that some people have about the national trust’s decisions to do this is quite disrespectful. As a human race, we will always be equal, that is the case when we are gone. The time we spend on Earth, judging people, will eventually be told in history books of the future, about how we left a legacy of fairness to others and respect. We can change how we are seen by humans in the future simply by institutions of the country like the National Trust giving LGBTQ people the normality that they are still fighting for.
I’ve always been very curious about the history of LGBTQ people. I just find it interesting how there must have always been people with different sexual identities in the past. They would obviously have been hidden and it was an underground thing, but what was life like. It’s something I could research for hours. I could read many books on the subject. Imagine knowing what a neanderthal mans reaction would be to homosexuality. Imagine that there must have been homosexual and lesbian ancient Greeks and transexual and transgender tudors. It isn’t even a possibility, there would have been quite a number of people like this. After all it is said about 10% of the worlds population are LGBTQ, so this statistically would have been the case in previous years, despite the attitudes and dangers.
On their website the National trust say;
‘We have adopted the approach taken by Historic England in their recent Pride of Place project and acknowledge that ‘in the past, as today, there is no single LGBTQ community, terminology or uniform identity that defines all LGBTQ people or heritage’.
They are simply trying to share the stories that were never shared because of obscure views. Now, in a time of liberation and fairness, we can be proud to see them sharing these stories for us all to enjoy. After all, that is what the National Trust is about. Since I was little I have enjoyed days out at National trust sites, made memories, read about interesting histories and smiled at the similarities of the child who used to live in a priory near where I live, Nostell Priory who’s drawings can be seen emblazoned over bibles and expensive looking books. This is something I would have done had i been a rich kid living in a big house in the 17th century.
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