Homosexuality Beyond the Metropolis: Queer Identity in ‘Provincial’ Post-war Britain, 1952–1955

The histories of queer London, with its many cause célèbres and its reconstructions of identity and reform, are only partial accounts of the every-day experiences of queer identity across Britain. If London’s function was transitory for many queer men, or moreover null, then the experiences of those considered in this essay reflect this focal discord. Often en-mass, spatially considered paths, carved in realising identity were uprooted by local constabularies, and exposed across Britain; fracturing relationships and leaving queer men little resolve but to depart from their communities.

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