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Love and relationships

Love and relationships

There are many different types of love, such as platonic friendships, parent-child love and romantic love.

Our collections here explore the universal range of love and relationships experienced by LGBT people, from first loves and romance to adoptions and the creation of new families.

For much of history, homophobia has forced many romantic and sexual LGBT relationships to be carried out in secret. Unequal legislation has meant that LGBT love and relationships have not had equal recognition to those in other communities too.

Since 2004 LGBT family rights have become more equal in the UK, although same-sex marriage is still not permitted in Northern Ireland.  According to a survey by the European Commission in 2015, 71% of British people support same-sex marriage, a higher level than they found in Europe as a whole.

LGBT collections

Explore our LGBT collections researched by our Pride and Prejudice research project