Manchester library unveils public gay history archive

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Manchester Libraries have teamed up with the Lesbian & Gay Foundation, to make their gay history archive available to the public.

The LGF’s history collection – made available at Central Library in Manchester – includes a comprehensive catalogues of LGB magazines, including Mancunian Gay, Outnorthwest, Gay Times, Diva, and several grassroots publications.

The collection, housed in the Libraries Archives+ Centre, also includes several historic documents about early Pride celebrations, Manchester’s gay movement, and literature from the AIDS crisis.

Heather Williams of the LGF said: “We are delighted to be working with Manchester Central Library to make our archives accessible to the public.

“These archives contain valuable records of the development of LGBT rights and changing attitudes in society, and now the people of Manchester will be able to discover and celebrate the history of the North West’s LGBT communities.”

Councillor Rosa Battle said: “Manchester City Council has a proud history of working with Manchester’s LGBT community and the Central Library’s Archives+ Centre is the perfect place to store, care for and exhibit these important archive materials to the public.”

Volunteer David Allinson said: “Volunteering on the archive project has changed my life in so many ways.

“I have met so many wonderful people and I have a positive focus in my life now.

“It’s helped me to give something back to The LGF, who supported me and turned my life around and helped me become the person I am today.”

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