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14 May 2012 by Sam

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:

IDAHO 50 logo

“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. Read more…

Liverpool Pride

5 August 2011 by Sam

detail of a rainbow flag

An explosion of fun, colour and music hits Liverpool for this weekend’s Pride festival. Quite fittingly, a vibrant piece of the city’s history is now on display in The People’s Republic gallery at the Museum of Liverpool, overlooking the Pride Festival’s events at the Pier Head.

This Rainbow Flag represents a very important first in Liverpool. It was flown above Liverpool Town Hall for the first time for the International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO) on 17 May 2009. IDAHO marks the day in 1990 when the World Health Organisation took homosexuality off its list of mental illnesses. The flag is just one of the many objects that curators seek out to ensure contemporary issues and events in the city are represented for the future. You can see more photos of the flag on Flickr. Read more…

Hello Canada!

11 May 2011 by Lucy Johnson

A male steward member dressed up as

“Jane” (a Liverpudlian steward) with other crew members onboard the Queen Mary, late 1950s

National Museums Liverpool’s touring exhibition Hello Sailor! Gay life on the ocean wave will make its international debut next week. The exhibition has already been seen by audiences around the UK and now visitors to the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic in Nova Scotia, Canada have the chance to see this fascinating show too.

Hello Sailor! explores the hidden history of gay seafarers from the UK who were onboard passenger and merchant ships between the 1950s and 1980s. During this period, life at sea allowed gay men to be themselves, which stood in stark contrast to the homophobic attitudes back home. The exhibition looks at how the tolerant environment onboard ships encouraged an extraordinary gay culture to develop. The Canadian showing of the exhibition will also give an international, contemporary spin on the subject by exploring the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender seafarers in Canada today. Read more…

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