Dennis at Newarke Houses Museum

A new exhibition traces the massive changes that have transformed the lives of gays and lesbians in the UK. The display at the Newarke Houses Museum in The Newarke, Leicester, is part of a three-year project by Leicester Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Centre.

Project co-ordinator Dennis Bradley said: “The exhibition is part of an oral history project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and we’ve been collecting the stories of people who identify as LGBT in Leicestershire and Rutland.

“The voices of more than 100 men and women have been put online and the physical exhibition at the museum is about what’s happened over the past 60 or so years - the big steps from when being gay was an offence.

“When I was younger I faced a three-year jail sentence for being gay and I could also be legitimately sacked by my employer or refused service in a shop.

“Since then we’ve had the decriminalisation laws and the lowering of the consent age and the marriage laws putting us on an equal footing with heterosexuals.

“It’s also now illegal to discriminate against someone for their sexuality.”

The exhibition, called Untold Stories, is at the exhibition from now until November 23.

The museum opens from 10am until 5pm each day, except on Sundays when it opens from 11am until 5pm.

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