Exhibition of LGBT histories opens at VG&M

Pink Brick exhibition

An exhibition which charts the campaign towards equality by the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Trans (LGBT) community, at an institutional as well as a national level, has gone on display at the Victoria Gallery & Museum (VG&M).

The exhibition, Pink Brick, charts the changes in attitudes, policies and law towards the LGBT community since the decriminalisation of homosexuality in 1967 to the present day. Drawing on official records from the University and the Liverpool Guild of Students, as well as materials and photographs and personal accounts from LGBT staff and students, Pink Brick recounts the development of the first Homophile Society, of the Gay Rights movement within the National Union of Students and the University’s approach to LGBT rights.

Darren Mooney, Equality and Diversity Officer at the University of Liverpool, who curated the exhibition said: “This exhibition began as a project to chart the changes towards LGBT from the perspective of the University. Bringing together materials from the archives as well as firsthand testimonials, newspaper articles, campaign posters and materials, photographs and time lines, Pink Brick provides a unique snapshot of the personal, political and professional journeys of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans staff and students at the University of Liverpool.”

Matthew Clough, Director of the VG&M, said: “We are delighted to support this exhibition, which highlights how long the struggle for legal equality took. The display includes personal reminiscences which offer some fascinating insights.”

Pink Brick is on display in the Waterhouse Café until Saturday, 19 May. This display can be seen Monday – Saturday, 10am – 5pm, entrance is free.

A website accompanying the Exhibition can be accessed at: http://www.liv.ac.uk/lgbt-history/index.htm.

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