The research will study COVID-19’s impact on the UK’s LGBTQI population 

BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS

Queer Britain, the national LGBTQ+ museum, is launching a brand-new international project, Queer Pandemic: Resilience In Times Of Crisis. 

It is a video-based oral history project with the aim of collecting stories about the experiences of LGBTQI people in the UK during the COVID-19 pandemic. The project will explore connections between the current pandemic and previous crises related to the health and safety of LGBTQI people. These crises include (but are not limited to) HIV/Aids, violence, criminalisation, and restricted access to healthcare. 

This will be a significant piece of research which will tie the state of the nation back to how lives have been shaped by external forces and queer communities and individuals’ responses to them.

Queer Pandemic is an international collaboration between Queer Britain, Goldsmiths University Of London and Kent State University. 

Through remote video technology, Queer Pandemic will explore how queer identities have been shaped and strengthened by individual and community responses to crises, and will become part f the Virtually Queer collection of Queer Britain, the national LGBTQ+ museum. 

Research project design is already underway, with a pilot study planned for June and July. Undergraduate and postgraduate students from Goldsmiths and Kent State will participate in collecting interviews and the initial pilot project will continue through December 2020. 

CEO and Co-Founder of Queer Britain said: “LGBTQ+ communities have to a large extent been shaped by tough times and have emerged stronger as a result. There are a wealth of stories in the country about how queer people have responded and been effected by the lockdown, and the museum want to hear these stories and understand how they relate to responses to earlier emergencies and this exciting partnership will help unlock that.” 

Head over to the Queer Britain website to find out more.

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