Don’t Die of Ignorance

“The 80’s were a particularly bad time to be gay because of HIV/AIDS and because a number of newspapers would have headlines about, you know, sending all gay people to camps and so on”….. You know there were outbursts like that and, you know, you could feel horribly insecure. And, no, it was very, very unpleasant. It was a very […]

Out Youth Plymouth – Pride in Our Past Exhibition

Out Youth Plymouth, a set on Flickr. Via Flickr: The Pride in Our Past project was able to use some of its Heritage Lottery grant for youth engagement. Out Youth the support and social group in Plymouth for young lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans people and people questioning their sexuality or gender identity (LGBTQ), leapt at […]

Everyone’s Business – LGBT Rights

A selection of images - changing times -everyone's business

Nowadays, the fact that people are LGBT seems to have shifted from something that is often swept under the carpet to something that everyone has to take a position on. Organisations across all sectors have responded to evolving LGBT equality legislation by changing their policies and procedures. Those who have embraced these new laws have achieved positive outcomes in the […]

Getting Political

Section 28 of the Local Government Act was a piece of legislation that made it an offence for local councils and similar bodies to fund groups who ‘intentionally promoted’ homosexuality in schools and supported notions of homosexuality “as a pretended family relationship.” While no prosecution occurred under the legislation, scores of local authorities not surprisingly […]

The Lockyer Hotel – Tavern

Derrys Clock Plymouth - Harvey's Hotel - Lockyer Hotel

The Lockyer Tavern began its life as the home of Plymouth surgeon, Sir George Magrath. It was known as George House on the junction of Lockyer Street and George Place. Sir George was at one time Surgeon of the Victory, flagship of Lord Nelson. He was also a medical officer at Dartmoor Prison and later, Inspector of Hospitals. In his later […]

Sub Culture Plymouth

In Plymouth, the Lockyers Tavern continued to thrive and the local gay community continued to be “quietly” gay within their spaces. However, events both at home and abroad were taking place that would affect the city’s LGBT community. Members of this community were also a big part for the instigation of the Stonewall Riots in New York in […]

Going Underground

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Plymouth’s Old Palace Theatre – home in the late 1960s to the Pussycat Club which was managed by one the city’s longest standing gay couples Paul Pollard and Ted Spring. The Palace Theatre became the Dance Academy in 1980’s and hosted ‘BOLTS’ a weekly gay night held on a Monday. In 1956, Section 13 of […]

In His True Element

In May 1936, the Western Morning news reported the story of Mark Weston, a thirty year old Oreston resident who, having always been raised as a woman, was now “in his true element” after two operations to correct his gender to male. In the words of Mr. L. R. Broster, the Harley Street surgeon who […]

Before the Labels

Before the labels panel as displayed in the Pride in Our Past exhibition 2012

Homosexuality is not a new phenomenon. Same sex relationships are as old as humanity and have impacted on the way people have lived their lives throughout history. In civilisations such as Ancient Rome, homosexuality was not named or regarded as a lifestyle. The social standing of someone’s partner was more important than his or her gender. Sex between men was more concerned […]

The Long Arm of the Law

Photo of Plymouth Borough Prison

Although the church already banned all male sexual relationships, the first known criminal law against sexual relations between men occurred with the introduction of the Buggery Act 1553. Punishable by death, the last execution for the offence took place in Great Britain in 1836. During the 30 years before this, 404 men were sentenced to death with 56 of them […]

FREE Creative Writing Workshop with the City’s ‘Artist in Residence’ Hannah Silva – 16th June

CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOP: WRITING IN THE LGBT CITY WITH HANNAH SILVA Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery Saturday 16 June, 10am to 4pm Join us with Plymouth’s ‘Artist in Residence’ for a one-day creative writing workshop in response to the ‘Pride in our Past’ exhibition. You will use the personal stories, objects and photographs in […]