Timeline of UK LGBT History

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This is a timeline of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history in the United Kingdom throughout the centuries.

Jump to 21st century

Note: strictly speaking the year 2000 belongs to the 20th century, but for convenience it is treated here as belonging to the 21st (and similarly with other centuries).

1st century BC

1st century AD

  • AD 43 – Roman invasion and establishment of the province of Britannia.

2nd century

  • 122 – Emperor Hadrian visits Britain.
The Emperor Hadrian

3rd century

  • 286 – Britain becomes independent from the Roman empire for ten years under Carausius and Allectus.

4th century

  • 343 – the emperor Constans visits Britain.

5th century

  • 410 – usual date for the end of Roman rule in Britannia.

6th century

7th century

  • 670 – St Theodore of Tarsus, Archbishop of Canterbury, prescribes fasts and penances for various homosexual acts.

9th century

Robert DeVere as Duke of Ireland

11th century

  • 1066 – Battle of Hastings and Norman conquest of England.

12th century

13th century

  • c.1290 – Publication of Fleta, first book to suggest a punishment (which was not enforced) for homosexuality in English law.

14th century

15th century

16th century

King James I

17th century

18th century

Photo of J A Symonds, presented by him to Walt Whitman

19th century

20th century

Daily Mirror, March 25 1954 “The Montagu Case”

21st century

External links

Some other LGBT timelines:

See also