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Switchboard Pride 2021 – The National Archives Presentation

The National Archives presents: ‘Classified: An exploration of Queer Dating Ads’ via Zoom

With finding ‘love’ now as easy as a swipe left or a swipe right, do we take our access to dating apps for granted? How did LGBTQ+ people strive to make romantic connections in the past?

One way was through the pages of The Link, a ‘lonely-hearts’ style publication from the early 20th century, which sought to connect people. It is littered with coded language for men to meet men, with phrases including ‘bachelor’, ‘bohemian’ and ‘unconventional’.

Join Vicky Iglikowski-Broad, from The National Archives, going beneath the sheets to discover what Grindr might have looked like if it was invented 100 years ago.

Event Details

9th August 2021 • 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Free – 13.76




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