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 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 LGBT charity).
With all of this in mind it’s no wonder there’s some great events to celebrate LGBT History Month …
Saturday 8th February - Pride Craft Workshop
Head to the Museum of Liverpool between 1 - 4pm to create your own rainbow craft to take home. The rainbow flag first became a symbol of LGBT+ inclusion and Pride when it was flown at San Francisco's Gay Freedom Day Parade in 1978. Since then the flag has become a symbol of hope, inclusion, and celebration of LGBT+ people globally. Help celebrate the amazing diversity of our city and show your support for LGBT+ communities!
Tuesday 11th February - Valentine's Drag Screening of Death Becomes Her
From 7.30pm, join drag queen Sister The Queen and Joy Less for a very special Valentine’s event filled with comedy, performance and a special screening of Death Becomes Her (1992) at FACT. More information here.
Friday 21st February - Telling Tales: Electric Dreams
Liverpool Queer Collective's storytelling event Telling Tales is back and this time the theme is Electric Dreams. Come along to hear local people share their stories from an LGBTQ+ perspective at The Bagelry (Chinatown). This event will look at what does the internet mean to LGBTQ+ people and the lives they are living. There is a minimum donation and booking is essential - find out more here.
Saturday 22nd February - OUTing the Past Festival
From 11am - 4.45pm the Museum of Liverpool will once again be a hub for the National Festival of LGBT history OUTing the Past. There's a great line up of films, crafts, talks and performances. Find out more here.
Pink Brick - University of Liverpool Project
Pink Brick: LGBT Histories of the University of Liverpool is an online resource showcasing the events, stories and developments of LGBT issues here at the University. Charting developments from the 1960's to the present day, it covers issues including legal developments, notable events, personal recollections and more. Originally a physical exhibition in 2011, the website is a record of the materials showcased, as well as additional materials and resources that weren't. View the exhibition here.