It’s hard to imagine London’s gay scene before vibrant night spots like Heaven and G.A.Y, but come back with us to the 18th Century to find out about where it all began: Molly Houses.
This was when to be gay in England was a crime punishable by death, and so a network of secretive gay gatherings in the backrooms of ale and coffee houses - known in the community as Molly Houses - were the place to go and meet other gay men.
Where did this term come from? And what took place at great risk behind these closed doors? Kate is joined by the legendary historian and author Rictor Norton to find out.
Produced by Sophie Gee. Senior Producer Charlotte Long. Mixed by Stuart Beckwith.
Betwixt the Sheets: The History of Sex, Scandal & Society. A podcast by History Hit.