People's History Museum

Never Going Underground: The Fight for LGBT+ Rights

25 February 17 - 03 September 17

A unique exhibition curated by members of the local LGBT+ community

Never Going Underground: The Fight for LGBT+ Rights

Time 10:00 - 17:00

Duration 7 hours

Cost In order to keep our exhibitions programme affordable to everyone, please make a donation. Suggested donation £5

‘Bobby Dazzler’ police officer’s helmet used at Manchester Pride, 2016, Courtesy of Greater Manchester Police Pride Network and Brett Dearden (designer)Postcards, 1910 – 1927, Courtesy of Jenny WhiteJanuary 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.

Curated by members of the local LGBT+ community, this unique exhibition marks the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Sexual Offences Act, exploring and celebrating those who campaigned and continue to campaign for equality for LGBT+ people.  The exhibition details the development of an LGBT+ movement, showing the internal and external struggles, the different party political approaches to equality, and the social and We Love Kids in Museumshistorical context of the last sixty years of activism.  This is the complex and compelling story of a long and often bumpy journey.

LGBT+ badges © People's History MusuemFamily Friendly exhibition, suitable for all ages

  • Part of our Never Going Underground season, a year long programme of exhibitions, events and learning programmes exploring the past, present and future of LGBT+ activism.Never Going Underground: The Fight for LGBT+ Rights

Funded by

 Heritage Lottery Funded

Project Partners
LGBT Foundation   Manchester Lesbian and Gay Chorus   Proud 2 b Parents   The Proud Trust

 Media Partners

Canal St     Gay Times

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