Lettice Annie Floyd was a British suffragette who was known for her openly queer relationship with fellow suffragette Annie Williams. Annie Williams was the organiser for the Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU), she was also imprisoned twice and awarded a Hunger Strike Medal.
The two met in August 1908 when Lettice Annie Floyd was in Bristol, working alongside suffragettes Mary Blathwayt and Annie Kenney. Annie Williams had travelled from Cornwall to help the WSPU campaign. After meeting the two became lifelong campaigners.
In November 1908, Williams wrote from Cranlock, Newquay to Lettice Floyd, who was then serving a sentence in Holloway Prison, London, but the letter was returned as the prison governor said she was 'not entitled' to receive it. At the time lesbian relationships were not seen as real relationships and being gay was illegal in Britain.
From 1910–1911, Williams lived in Newcastle organising for the by-election campaign for the WSPU , Lettice Floyd moved up from the Midlands to be with her.
At the start of World War One, when all suffrage activism campaigns were called off, in order to help with the war effort, Williams and Lettice Floyd moved from Cardiff to Berkswell, where their relationship continued.
Their relationship lasted from 1908 to Floyd’s death in 1934. Williams was at her side when Lettice Floyd died in hospital in Birmingham after surgery in 1934. She inherited £3000 and annual income of £300 from Floyds will.
The second set of lesbian suffragettes I will look at in this article are Evelina Haverfield and Vera ‘Jack’ Holme. They were a fairly open couple and actually had each other’s initials carved into their bed.
Vera Holme gained the name ‘Jack’ from her work as an actor where she took on a male impersonator and adopted a masculine style of dress and short hair. She also held the role of chauffeur for the Pankhurst family.