Press Release 27/6/12 Pride in Our Past wins National Award – Most Inspirational Community Archive

Pride in Our Past - Most Inspirational Community Archive

National award for ‘Pride in our Past’ – Most inspirational Community Archive Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history of the City of Plymouth wins’ Most Inspirational Community Archive’ A project to uncover and celebrate the little-discussed lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) history of the City of Plymouth has won ‘Most Inspirational Community Archive’ in […]

Plymouth LGBT Archive recognised as UK’s Most Inspirational Community Archive 2012

Plymouth LGBT Archive - Most Inspirational Community Archive

Pride in Our Past has won a prestigious national award from the Community Archive and Heritage Group it was announced at the Sixth CAHG Annual Conference held on 27th June 2012  that Pride in Our Past has won in the the Most Inspirational Community Archive category. There were 63 submissions to the Community Archive and Heritage Group […]

Plymouth LGBT Archive – Shining a Light on Plymouth’s LGBT Past

Plymouth LGBT Archive – Shining a Light on Plymouth’s LGBT Past.

The Early Years – Introduction

At the time of the Enlightenment, science sought to explain and categorise things and so a medical discourse grew around a “normal” sexuality which was required for procreation. As a result. anything else came to be seen as abnormal or even deviant. These deviant acts were named and outlawed, as can be seen in the […]

Birth of Rights

lesbian civil partnership 2012

The first decade of the 21st century saw not only the welcome abolition of the oppressive Section 28 of the Local Government Act 1988 after many LGBT campaigns but also the introduction of ground breaking legislation ensuring many equal rights for LGBT people. Civil Partnership and Adoption Laws are now enabling LGBT people to enjoy many of the same […]

No to Hate Crime Vigil Plymouth 28.10.11

No to Hate Crime Vigil Plymouth 28.10.11, a set on Flickr. Via Flickr: A selection of photos taken by Laura at the Plymouth Vigil Against Hate Crime. Friday 28th October 2011. The Vigil was organised by the Plymouth University LGBT group. Read More at: blog.prideinplymouth.org.uk/plymouth-vigil-against-hate-c…

IDAHOT 2011 – Equal Love

IDAHOT 2011 – Equal Love, a set on Flickr. Via Flickr: Plymouth was one of the first cities in the UK to publicly show support for the Equal Love Campaign. Pride in Plymouth organised a photo shoot in the city centre, distributed leaflets and asked members of the public to sign the pledge. http://www.prideinplymouth.org.uk/

21st Century Pride

Since 2000, Plymouth’s LGBT community has become more visible and established itself more publically in the city. A wide range of activities and events, including candlelight vigils, protests and celebrations have helped to do this – drawing more attention to the diversity that has always existed here in Plymouth. “The Pride is a place to go and source information on different, […]

In Other Words

The ‘In Other Words’ Bookshop was opened on Mutley Plain in 1982 by Prudence de Villiers and her partner Gay Jones. The shop broke new ground in Plymouth as it became a focal point for Plymouth’s few but determined radical activists. The shop sold a wide range of literature that was generally unavailable in most bookshops at the […]

Proud to Serve

sailor in uniform

In 1999 the European Court of Human Rights overturned the ban of lesbians and gays serving in the armed forces. The European judges declared unanimously that such a bar on entry into the army, navy and air force was illegal under the European Convention on Human Rights, which safeguards an individual’s right to privacy. Prior to this the Ministry […]

Pride in Our Past Creative Writing Group 16th June 2012

pride-in-our-past-creative-writing-group, a photo by Pride in Our Past on Flickr. Via Flickr: A group of people working at the Pride in Our Past creative writing workshop hosted by Plymouth Artist in Residence Hannah Silva. We are looking forward to receiving the results of their labours for inclusion in the Plymouth LGBT history archive. https://plymlgbtarchive.org.uk/

Murder in the Park

Photo - Police removing the body of Terry Sweet.

The LGBT community has always been subjected to hate crime. In1990 the direct action group OutRage’ was set up by Peter Tatchell after the actor, Michael Boothe was murdered in West London. In Plymouth just after midnight on Tuesday 7 November 1995 the bodies of two men were found lying 200 yards apart in Central Park. One of the men Terry […]

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 […]