National Trust supports Pride?

Hundreds of members quit organisation over LGBT stance

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Exploring LGBTQ history at National Trust places

Many of our places were home to, and shaped by, people who challenged conventional ideas of gender and sexuality. 50 years after the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality, we’re exploring our LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer) heritage with a programme called Prejudice and Pride. We’ll be holding events, special exhibitions and much more.

What we're doing

You’ll be able to discover hidden histories of love and relationships at our places, explore stories of persecution and learn about the expressions of personal identity that shocked and challenged societal norms.

We’ll be working with artists to create new exhibitions and installations to bring these stories to life and uncovering previously untold stories with help from academic experts.

We’ll also be taking part in community celebrations including Pride festivals around the country and Heritage Open Days to build an understanding of LGBTQ histories in local communities.

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National Trust defends taking part in Pride and support for LGBT rights

The National Trust has defended its support for the LGBT community in the aftermath of Jim Wells's decision to resign his membership of the conservation charity.

The former DUP health minister, who worked for the trust for almost a decade up until 1998, announced on Saturday via Twitter that he would no longer support the organisation because it backed gay rights.

In a subsequent statement Mr Wells, who quit as health minister in 2015 after making controversial remarks about same sex couples, said he had been "seriously considering" leaving money to the trust but had changed his mind.

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