Underground LGBT+

21 March 2023

Before 1967, it was illegal for men to engage in homosexual acts and society viewed homosexuality in both men and women as an illness, disorder or sin. Queer people had to suppress their sexuality and identity, forming underground subcultures and living in fear. Whilst many Unitarians shared the suspicions and prejudices of wider society, some individual Unitarians called for tolerance and emancipation of LGBT+ people and others lived with same-sex partners. For example Frances Power Cobbe was a Unitarian who lived with her female partner, the Welsh sculptor Mary Lloyd. Click here to find out more about them.