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LGBTQ+ History Month - What's on?

By hughero 30 Jan 2024

Liverpool has always been a city of firsts, and it’s no different when it comes to our LGBTQ+ history.

  • In 1976 Gay Youth 'R' Out (GYRO) was founded in Liverpool, and is now officially the UK's longest running LGBTQ+ 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 Church hosted the first UK civil partnership on religious premises in 2012.
  • Lastly in Sport and particularly Football. Everton F.C. became the first Premier League football team to 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 LGBTQ+ charity).

With all of this in mind it’s no wonder we have a list of ways for you to celebrate LGBTQ+ History Month …  

Read books that celebrate Queer identities

Celebrate the month by reading stories that include queer identities, you can take a look at the Department of History's recommendations here.

LGBTQ+ Activists you should know about

As part of LGBTQ+ history month, it is only right to acquaint yourself with the inspiring people who changed the world around us. Find out more here.

16-24 Print Club: LGBTQ+ History Month

If you are looking for a creative outlet, to meet new people or just wanting to try something new, head to the Walker Art Gallery's 16-24 Print Club. ​​In this workshop, you'll be learning how to design and cut out your Lino to create your own unique item to take home with you. This technique can be used to create t-shirts, prints, tote bags and more, so it's great for personalised items for yourself, or for creating gifts! Book your spot here.

Craft at the Museum 

Head to the Museum of Liverpool to craft and create something special to take home. This is part of the Museum of Liverpool's LGBTQ+ History Month events. Fine out more here.