Rarely seen photographs showing the history of the LGBT+ community go on display in a new exhibition in Victoria.

 

Pictures of Gay Pride marches in the 1970s are among the historic images on show.

The showcase, celebrating LGBT+ History Month, runs at Westminster City Council’s offices on Victoria Street.

Photos of London’s first gay superclub, Bang, also feature in the exhibition which runs until April 26th.

Images of the influential actor and singer Divine (pictured below) are included.

The council’s LGBT+ staff network curated the exhibition. They drew on material from the Bishopsgate Institute and the City of Westminster Archives Centre.

Key moments

It features the images of Robert Workman, a photographer for Gay News.

He recorded the earliest Gay Pride rallies in 1972 until the 1980s as well as other key moments.

These include the opening of the Gay’s the Word bookshop in 1972.

Protests against a department store over the sacking of an LGBT employee in 1976 also feature.

Furthermore, there are pictures of Denis Lemon, the former editor of Gay News. He lost a high-profile blasphemy case at the Old Bailey.

Plus there are pictures of the Porchester Hall Drag Ball, which ran from 1969 to the 1990s.

Last year’s documentary Are You Proud? by Ashley Joiner is also part of the exhibition.

 

Pride in London

The documentary celebrates the Pride movement and some of the landmark achievements of LGBT+ campaigners and activists.

Pride in London emerged from the first gay marches in London in the early 1970s.

Now it is one of the world’s biggest LGBT+ parades. Last year it attracted more than 1.5 million visitors to Westminster.

This year the iconic parade takes place on June 27th.

Councillor Ian Adams, LGBT+ lead member for Westminster City Council, said the exhibition was “fascinating”.

It documented “a period of intense social change and activism that started in the UK in the aftermath of New York’s Stonewall riots in 1969.”

He added: “The exhibition captures the diversity of our borough and the role that Westminster, and Old Compton Street in particular, has played.”

The area has been a focal point for many forms of LGBT+ expression and activism over the years.

The exhibition is free and open from 10am to 4pm at Westminster City Council, City Hall, 64 Victoria Street.