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The Gang by Catherine Opie

About this collection


Pride and Prejudice logo: Bringing stories out the closetThis online collection is from our  Pride and Prejudice research project, which has been exploring items in our art and social history collections with an LGBT+ connection. 

The collections brought together here reflect historic and contemporary LGBT+ life, experiences and culture. They reveal the contributions of LGBT+ people in a range of fields, from music to art and design, to social activism and politics, and offer new interpretations of the material in our art galleries and the Museum of Liverpool from an LGBT+ perspective. 

Liverpool has a long and diverse LGBT+ history, from gay life at sea and in port to the thriving modern gay quarter around Stanley Street. The Museum of Liverpool’s LGBT+ collections are drawn from the wider social and community history collections which seek to reflect the stories and experiences of Liverpool people, past and present. LGBT+ objects include campaign material, flags, oral history interviews, records, leaflets, flyers, t-shirts, badges, posters and paintings, reflecting the diversity of the city and its LGBT+ communities.

The decorative and fine art collections of the Walker Art Gallery, Lady Lever Art Gallery and Sudley House are amongst the best in Europe. Amid the familiar – and the less well known - objects, which include paintings, sculptures, fashion and ceramics, are works that help to tell often hidden or overlooked LGBT+ histories and stories. These narratives sometimes emerge through the identity of the artist or the subject matter of a piece, or through historic or current interpretations of a subject.

See our LGBT+ glossary of terms to see what terminology we have used. 

Previous LGBT+ exhibitions and displays