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Tales from the city, opening on Friday 13 October, brings together – for the first time – often hidden voices, personal items, shared memories and official documents that reflect how the lives and experiences of Liverpool’s LGBT+ community have changed during the last five decades.
Working with LGBT+ arts organisation Homotopia and other supporters, curators at the Museum of Liverpool have developed an exhibition which explores how social and legal changes and attitudes towards the LGBT+ community in the city have changed since 1967.
Individual stories will be told through a mixture of objects, costume, art, photography, film and oral history interviews. The exhibition also explores the impact of national events such as Section 28 (legislation which banned local authorities from producing and distributing material promoting homosexuality, or promoting the acceptability of homosexuality ‘as a pretended family relationship’), civil partnerships, marriage, age of consent equality, and equal adoption rights.
Director of the Museum of Liverpool, Janet Dugdale said: “Tales from the city explores important and largely untold Liverpool histories. It makes visible devastating cases of discrimination and prejudice but also celebrates the self-determination, resilience and creativity within Liverpool’s LGBT+ community, which we are very proud to share.
“50 years on from 1967 Sexual Offences Act, the exhibition offers a reflection on the progress that has been made, while also remembering the continuing campaign for full equality.”
Homotopia Artistic Director, Gary Everett said: “The criminalisation of male homosexuals is a deeply shameful period of our social and political history. The 50th anniversary of decriminalisation of homosexuality is a moment for both celebration and reflection.
“The forthcoming Tales from the city exhibition is a timely and essential part of the anniversary celebrations and an opportunity to interrogate, reclaim and present our shared histories. The exhibition will further unlock creative energy, empowerment, and connectivity excavating a hidden and marginalised Queer Liverpool.”
Tales from the city runs until late 2018.
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