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

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.

8th century

9th century

Robert DeVere as Duke of Ireland

10th century

  • 927England is united as a single kingdom by King Æthelstan of Wessex.

11th century

  • 1066 – Battle of Hastings and Norman conquest of England.
  • 1100 – Death of King William II.

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


  1. https://blog.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/2022/06/01/first-20-years-of-pride-in-the-united-kingdom/ (accessed 18 July 2023). Many websites inaccurateky give the figure as 2,000!.
  2. Courage to be: Organised Gay Youth in England 1967-1990, A history of the London Gay Teenage Group and other lesbian and gay youth groups, by Clifford Williams,was published in October 2021 (The Book Guild)
  3. the Gay Liberation Front had a loose group called the GLF Youth Group in 1971 (see Lisa Power (1995) 'No Bath but Plenty of Bubbles; an oral history of the Gay Liberation Front 1970-73' (Cassell;London) page 109)
  4. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-66243698 Transgender guidance for schools to be delayed BBC News 19 July 2023
  5. https://consult.education.gov.uk/equalities-political-impartiality-anti-bullying-team/gender-questioning-children-proposed-guidance/supporting_documents/Gender%20Questioning%20Children%20%20nonstatutory%20guidance.pdf