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LGBTQ+ Europe in 2021: Blog series

26 February 2021

February is LGBTQ+ History Month in the UK. To mark this occasion, we've published three new pieces on the UCL Europe Blog from researchers and students working on queer issues in Europe.

A group of marchers in a Gay Pride march in Poland crossing a street. Many are carrying or wearing rainbow flags.


Supporting LGBTQ+ asylum seekers in Germany: a story of hope and contradiction

Aydan Greatrick, ESRC-funded PhD Candidate at UCL, explores the challenges queer refugees and support organisations have faced in Germany since 2015.

Gayropa: Russia, Europe and Queer Life

Ada Wordsworth, Final Year Russian Studies Student at UCL SSEES, explores how queerness and ideas of European values intersect in Russia

‘They explode with gayness’: Polish queer migration and self-realisation

Richard C.M. Mole, Professor of Political Sociology (UCL SSEES), researches identity, sexuality, and migration, particularly of queer individuals in Eastern Europe. In this piece, he looks at the experiences of queer Poles leaving their home towns and migrating to Warsaw or elsewhere in Europe, where they can more freely explore or express their sexuality.

Richard Mole’s new Open Access edited volume on Queer Migration and Asylum in Europe will be published by UCL Press on 8 March 2021.

For more great LGBTQ+ History content, check out UCL History's page of links and resources.