Pride, Power and Politics: a tour of the Tower's LGBT+ histories
This after-hours tour explores the history of this iconic castle through the lens of changing attitudes to gender and sexuality, telling the stories of key people linked with it from the 12th century to the present day. The close male friendships of Edward II and his treatment of his favourites resulted in the rebellion of the earls and execution, while the little-known influence of Henry VIII and Queen Victoria on the criminalisation of homosexual acts shaped viewpoints for over 400 years. Bringing us to recent history, the tour will reveal how the alleged homosexuality of 20th century prisoner Roger Casement was used by Parliament to build a case against him, and the real danger posed by queer sexual slander.
Part of #PalacePride event series, celebrating 1,000 years of kings, queens and in-betweens in 2017, the 50th anniversary of the Sexual Offences Act 1967.