Liverpool has always been a city of firsts, and it’s no different when it comes to our LGBT history.
- In 1976 Gay Youth 'R' Out (GYRO) was founded in Liverpool, and is now officially the UK's longest running LGBT youth group.
- Liverpool based soap opera, Brookside, featured the first openly gay character on a British TV series in 1985 and later the UK's first pre-watershed lesbian kiss.
- Around the city you may see the gay quarter recognised with rainbow street signs, something we were the first British City to do, and Ullet Road Unitarian Church hosted the first UK civil partnership on religious premises in 2012.
- Lastly in Sport and particularly (what some may say is the life blood of the city) ... Football. Everton F.C. became the first Premier League football team to announce that its players would wear rainbow laces in support of an anti-homophobia campaign. Likewise, Liverpool Football Club was the first Premier League club ever to be officially represented at a UK 'Pride' and later became the first British Premier League club to become a Stonewall Diversity Champion (Europe’s leading LGBT charity helps to create inclusive workplaces).
With all of this in mind it’s no wonder there’s some great events to celebrate LGBT History Month …
Friday 15th Feb 2019 (2-3pm) – Merseyside Maritime Museum
Eva Gore-Booth and Esther Roper lived in a committed lesbian relationship for nearly 30 years and the history of their relationship provides us with a rare insight into lesbian subcultures at the turn of the 20th century. Join Associate Professor Sonja Tiernan, to explore Eva and Esther’s alternative archive providing us with a fascinating insight into the histories of LGBT+ people into the early 20th century. Free drop-in event, no need to book
Friday 22nd Feb 2019 (2pm) – Museum of Liverpool
Join a member of the museum’s curatorial team and find out some of the fascinating stories that went into the creation of their exhibition highlighting the varying experiences of LGBT+ people in Liverpool over the last 50 years. Free drop-in event, no need to book
Friday 22nd Feb 2019 (11am, 1pm and 3pm)
Combining panto, drag and the traditional art of story-telling: Mama G will be sharing tales that celebrate being who you are and loving who you want. Free drop-in event, no need to book
Throughout February until 31st March 2019 – Museum of Liverpool
This powerful exhibition marks the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Sexual Offences Act with stories from Liverpool’s LGBT+ community over the past five decades. The exhibition reflects how their lives and experiences have changed from 1967 to 2017. 50 years on, the exhibition offers a reflection on the significant advances that have been made, while also remembering there is still work to be done for full equality.
Throughout February - Merseyside Maritime Museum
Hello Sailor! looks at life on board passenger and merchant ships from the 1950s to 1980s, a time when homosexuality was illegal and for gay men there were few places to be safe. These displays reveal a little known aspect of the history of the merchant navy.
While you're here...
Have you heard of GYRO? Gyro - provides a safe, comfortable space where young people who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Trans*, questioning their sexuality or their gender identity (LGBT+) can get to know other young people. Find out more here.