Places of Importance to the LGBTQ+ Community

As we enter Pride Month, we knew we wanted to write a blog celebrating the LGBTQ+ community. After considering the most amazing pride celebrations around the world, we thought we’d focus on some of the most important sites in history for remembering, mourning and celebrating the milestones reached in the fight for love & acceptance.

If you’re travelling to any of the below destinations in the near future, we highly recommend seeing these landmarks in person…


Green Park in Darlinghurst, Sydney – Australia
At the edge of Green Park, next to the Jewish Holocaust Museum, stands the Gay & Lesbian Holocaust Memorial. The structure replicates pink and black triangles; both used as symbols to identify gays and lesbians by Nazi soldiers. Commemorating those who have been abused, killed and persecuted throughout history, this emotional piece sparks hope for a better future.


The Stonewall Inn, New York City – USA
52 years ago in the early hours of the morning, New York City police raided a popular gay bar called The Stonewall Inn. After years of police brutality and discrimination, those inside the bar fought back and initiated perhaps the most important protest in LGBTQ+ history, consisting of 3 days of unrest. Amongst the key figures leading the Stonewall protests was Marsha P. Johnson, an activist and drag performer who famously stated that the “P” in her name stood for “pay it no mind” – A phrase commonly used when people had negative comments on the sexuality or life choices of others.

Washington’s Congressional Cemetery, Washington D.C. – USA
The resting places of many leaders of modern LGBTQ+ movements can be found in this cemetery, but a truly powerful gravestone belongs to veteran Leonard Matlovich; the inscription reads “A Gay Vietnam Veteran… When I was in the military, they gave me a medal for killing two men and a discharge for loving one.”


The First Unitarian Church of Denver, Colorado – USA
Originally constructed 1890, this church has been an important location for countless equal rights causes, including women’s suffrage and even the more recent Black Lives Matter movement. Also holding a wonderful memory of LGBTQ+ history, in 1975 two men married here whilst gay marriage licenses had a brief accessibility before being made illegal again. This small victory was a celebration for the gay community, paving the way for permanent gay marriage legalization.


Alan Turing Memorial, Manchester – England
After a long-awaited pardoning in 2013, Alan Turing, the British man known for cracking the Nazi’s Enigma Code in World War Two, received the historic recognition he had deserved for over 60 years. Despite playing a massive role in minimizing the loss of life in the war, and also being a significant contributor towards the development of the modern computer, Turing was arrested, convicted of “gross indecency” after his relationship with another man was exposed, then chemically castrated in a barbaric attempt to ‘cure’ his sexual tendencies. Two years after his castration, Turing was found dead with cyanide determined as the cause of death – Many believe he committed suicide. When visiting Manchester, take a visit to Sackville Park to see an iron statue of Alan Turing on a park bench; a site which has been decorated and celebrated on significant occasions. On the 25th March 2021, the Bank of England unveiled the design of the new £50 banknote, featuring Alan Turing as a figure of British importance – A decision which has been welcomed and celebrated by many.


We would like to wish everyone a safe and happy Pride Month, with lots of celebrating as we finally catch up with friends!


Love,
Holidaysplease


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