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Gay History, formerly a tricky subject
for museums, now lives on in collections and displays and
is a heritage that is being celebrated.The Greek statue
rooms at the British Museum were one place where Victorian
men could go and look at the male form without fear of arrest.
One of the closing scenes of EM Forster's gay novel Maurice
is set in the museum, where Maurice's lover threatens to
reveal their illegal relationship to a passing acquaintance.
The Museum of London had an exhibition
“Queer is Here” which is touring London libraries.
It includes photographs of Pride events by Peter Marshall,
as well as looking at gay activism, health, coming out and
bullying in schools.
The large number of gay actors, designers
and writers means that “The Theatre Museum”
in Covent Garden is full of material from glamorous gay
lives. Noel Coward's slippers and dressing gown, John Gielgud's
case and materials by Edith Craig are all permanently on
Plans for an LGBT museum in London is gaining
support from City Hall and across the museum sector so we
can look back and get a clearer historical picture of homophile