This week I was proud to be part of the You Are Here LGBT+ history pop-up exhibition at Tate Liverpool.
I loaned the Liverpool Echo report on our civil partnership (the first to be registered in a UK place of worship, at Ullet Road Unitarian Church…
…and the 2014 Being Proud Award for Best LGBT+ Youth Group, awarded to GYRO (gay youth ‘r’ out) by The Proud Trust, at an event I organised in Liverpool while I was still running the group.
GYRO is celebrating its fortieth anniversary in 2016 – we think it is the longest running LGBT+ youth group in the UK, though we can’t prove it as there isn’t a complete archive of its history, or of many LGBT+ community activities. This is why exhibitions such as this are so important, to help us hold onto our stories while we can.
As well as the exhibits, there’s also an hour long film of interviews with people sharing what their mementos mean to them.
In my interview I spoke about our civil partnership and why it was important to us to share the experience. As well as the Liverpool Echo article I shared one of the photos taken as we left the church – the bit where I explain why it’s mounted on canvas didn’t make the cut. It was because the theme of Liverpool Pride in 2016 was Liverpool Icons, and members of Open Table, the LGBT+ Christian community my husband and I run suggested we should carry that photo in the Liverpool Pride march, along with a photo of the Bishop of Liverpool, who has become a great ally to our community in speaking up for a more inclusive church.
You can watch it here (3.5 minutes):