Hear the untold stories of enslaved people and learn about historical and contemporary slavery.
Historical and contemporary slavery.
A beautiful building housing one of the UK's finest collections of fine and decorative art.
Paintings, Wedgwood and Chinese ceramics.
Uncover objects from the Titanic, find out about life at sea and learn about the port of Liverpool.
The Titanic, life at sea and Liverpool's port.
This museum tells the story of Liverpool with diverse exhibits housed in a stunning building.
Liverpool's history and popular culture.
Explore a Victorian merchant's house with its period furniture and beautiful paintings.
Paintings, vintage fashion and furniture.
Beautiful paintings, sculpture and decorative art from the 13th century to the present day.
Paintings, sculpture and decorative art.
Discover treasures from around the world, explore outer space and meet live creatures!
World cultures, space and live creatures.
The shifting religious and social attitudes towards homosexuality, in different places and at different times, has had a profound impact on the visibility of LGBT individuals and communities. Because these attitudes and rules have defined what can be said, heard, seen or done in public places, and who can be seen together, it has also had an extremely significant impact on wider art and culture.
In the Classical World of Greece and Rome some types of homosexual relationship were celebrated, though the increasing influence of Christianity led to the introduction of laws criminalising sodomy across Europe. Many of these laws, though often revised, were still in place in the second half of the 20th century.
These laws prohibited gay and bisexual men from being open about their sexuality and often banned anyone from dressing in clothes normally worn by the opposite sex. Though there were no laws against female homosexuality, contemporary taboos of the time kept them as closeted as their male counterparts. While there were certainly LGBT people, places, slang, and social groups, the expression of same-sex love and desire tended to be coded, and remained hidden from those who weren’t ‘in the know’.
Prior to the 1967 Sexual Offences Act, which stopped prosecution of most same-sex sexual activity, there was no publicly visible gay culture in Liverpool. After 1967 Liverpool’s LGBT communities began to make a visible and lasting mark on the city.
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