With the largest amount of members who identify as LGBT, the UK Parliament has often been labelled one of the ‘gayest in the world’. For LGBT History Month this February 2020, UK Parliament celebrates the Queer History of the UK Parliament with a collection of specially curated Pride at Parliament tours at the Palace of Westminster for members of the public.
Tours last about 90 minutes, and highlight the significant part played by LGBT people at UK Parliament as leaders, legislators, activists, lobbyists and monarchs. The tours explore the struggle for civil rights – from universal condemnation and victimisation to the relative freedoms and rights enjoyed today. Having attended a previous Pride at Parliament tour, we at Vada can confirm these are insightful and eye-opening.
Beginning in Westminster Hall with tales of medieval kings, the tour moves through the Lords Chamber and the Commons Chamber where stories about members of both Houses are brought to life through the art and architecture.
Tours take place every Saturday in February at 10:20am and 2pm.
There will also be a special evening event on 7th February that combines a themed guided tour with a visit to the Parliamentary Archives. Visitors will discover the implications of the Buggery Act 1533, how Victorian legislation affected the lives of many including Oscar Wilde, the campaign to change the law and eventual reform in the second half of the 20th Century, and the impact of AIDS in the 1980s. There is currently limited availability for this tour, with tickets available on parliament.uk.
For those interested in the Pride at Parliament tours, visitors can book online at parliament.uk/visiting. Tours will also be available during July 2020, with booking availability opening soon.