Speak its Name!
Past display archive
22 November 2016 - 6 August 2017
by Derrick Santini
The sitters featured in the display discuss their own experience of ‘coming out’ – to friends and family or to an audience of fans and media – just one of several LGBT-related issues, including equality, bullying, homophobia, love, sex and marriage, explored in the book. The title of the book and the display is derived from ‘I am the Love that dare not speak its name’, the last line of a poem by Lord Alfred Douglas that was quoted as evidence of ‘gross indecency’ at the trial of his lover Oscar Wilde in 1895.
© National Portrait Gallery, London