That which can never be suppressed: LGBTQ+ history in the RCP collections

Explore how the lives of LGBTQ+ people, and attitudes to sexual and gender diversity, are reflected in the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) collections. Please be aware that owing to the nature of the subject, this talk includes upsetting topics and includes offensive historical language. This event was filmed live on 17/02/2022.

LGBTQ+ stories can be traced back at least 350 years in our collections and cover the experiences of LGBTQ+ people, including physicians, as well as the views of a society that medicalised them. What contributions did physicians make to the ground-breaking Wolfenden Report? How was sexuality and gender identity discussed in the earliest textbooks on forensic medicine? Who was Dorothy Hare’s ‘inseparable’ companion? And when did two medical students from Cambridge embark on an ‘unbroken marriage of souls’?

Join us for a lively event exploring some fascinating and potentially challenging collections highlighting the long, rich and inspiring history of LGBTQ+ lives.

Discover more about LGBTQ+ history in our museum, heritage library and archives on our website: https://history.rcplondon.ac.uk/search/node?keys=lgbtq%2B%20OR%20lgbt

Find out how you can visit our museum at https://history.rcplondon.ac.uk
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