Never Going Underground: the fight for LGBT+ rights

25 Feb-3 Sep 2017, People's History Museum, Left Bank, Spinningfields, Manchester M3 3ER

"January 1967: it’s illegal for men to have sex together, lesbianism is condemned as sinful or seen as a medical misfortune, and trans rights are non-existent.  50 years later, LGBT+ legal protection and equality is almost UK-wide. There was, however, nothing inevitable about that progress, and there were steps back as well as forward.

Never Going Underground was the name of the campaign against Section 28, an infamous piece of legislation that forbade the ‘promotion of homosexuality’. The protest against this saw the UK’s largest ever gathering for LGBT rights in Manchester in 1988.

This unique exhibition is curated by members of the local LGBT+ community.  It details the development of an LGBT+ movement, showing the internal and external struggles, the different party political approaches to the social and historical context of the last sixty years of activism. This is the complex and compelling story of a long and often bumpy journey."