This year is the 50th year since the Sexual Offences Act denounced homosexuality as a criminal offence. All these years later, the legal protection and equality for LGBT+ people has never been better in the UK. People’s History Museum has timed their exhibition Never Going Underground: The Fight for LGBT+ Rights perfectly with the anniversary of the law change; and in keeping with current world politics it highlights how far we have come in equality for minor communities. The exhibition is a collection that celebrates those who campaigned, and still do campaign, so passionately for LGBT+ equality. The exhibition details the LGBT+ movement and how it’s evolved; exploring the struggles dealing with political, social and historical factors over sixty years of activism. ‘Never Going Underground’ was the name for the campaign against Section 28, an infamous piece of legislation that forbade ‘the promotion of homosexuality’. The protest took place in Manchester back in 1988 and saw the largest gathering ever for LGBT+ rights in the UK making Manchester the ideal candidate city for the collection to be seen by the public.
Sat 25 Feb – Sun 3 Sep, Peoples History Museum, Left Bank, Spinningfields, Manchester M3 3ER. Tel :0161 838 9190. FREE, www.phm.org.uk
Published on: Mon 21 Aug 2017