Marketing Officer Andrew Winder has news of how National Museums Liverpool will be one of 50 organisations marking the city’s International Day Against Homophobia on 17 May:
"National Museums Liverpool will join Everton FC, Liverpool Cathedral, University of Liverpool, Liverpool John Moores University and Merseytravel, amongst many others in support of the worldwide initiative against homophobia and transphobia, lead in Liverpool by Homotopia. Many of the organisations involved will fly equality flags, host planters containing pansies created by artist Paul Harfleet and programme events. At National Museums Liverpool, we plan to mark it with a special tour of Hello Sailor! at Merseyside Maritime Museum. The exhibition uncovers gay life at sea, particularly pre-decriminalisation of homosexuality in 1967. For many gay people, cruise ships and the merchant navy provided refuge that could not be found on land. A date for the tour of Hello Sailor has yet to be confirmed. National Museums Liverpool is proud to support Homotopia’s IDAHO 50 initiative and is committed to ensuring that there is lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender visibility in our collections, exhibitions and events. Currently, at the Museum of Liverpool in the People’s Republic gallery, we display the equality flag flown over Liverpool Town Hall for the International Day Against Homophobia in 2009. Our Maritime Library contains the Sailing Proud archive of oral histories of gay seafarers. Some of Liverpool’s gay landmarks feature as part of the online interactive Mapping Memory pages with accompanying videos and photographs."