This July saw a nationwide celebration, marking the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in England and Wales. Here in Hull, our week-long LGBT 50 programme brought over 20,000 visitors to the city centre for a packed week of events including Pride in Hull, A Duckie Summer Tea Party and BBC Radio 2’s I Feel Love.
While we celebrated freedoms gained in the UK, Humber Street Gallery’s latest exhibition by photographer Lee Price The House of Kings and Queens reminded us that the fight for inclusion is not over. While homosexuality remains illegal in over 70 countries, Lee’s exhibition tells us more about the struggles of the LGBT+ community in our sister city of Freetown, Sierra Leone.
Into the Light, Yorkshire Dance’s community production for A Duckie Summer Tea Party, presented a fast-forward version of LGBT+ history over the past 50 years, exploring each decade’s challenges and achievements through movement, music and fashion.
Pride in Hull took it up a notch for 2017 too, proudly wearing the crown as the first ever UK Pride. With a huge parade and an incredible concert (starring legend Marc Almond and ‘90s pop favourites Cleopatra and B*Witched), there was music and dancing late into the night in Hull.
If our video has left you wanting more, check out our LGBT 50 photo gallery featuring 50 Queers for 50 Years at Pride, A Duckie Summer Tea Party, Polari Literary Salon, The House of Kings and Queens, Lost Property and I Feel Love.
The House of Kings and Queens is on display at Humber Street Gallery’s Gallery Four until Sun 24 Sep. Also opening this week, Artlink’s Alien Sex Capsule runs until Tue 29 Sep, exploring the relationship between visual culture and HIV today in a multimedia, multi-sensory and immersive exhibition.