April Ashley: Portrait of a lady

27 Sep 2014 – 7 Dec 2014

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World Museum Liverpool

Liverpool, United Kingdom


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  • Liverpool Lime Street, Moorfields Station, Liverpool Central
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Born in Liverpool in 1935, April Ashley MBE, a former Vogue model and actress was one of the first people in the world to undergo pioneering gender reassignment surgery. As one of the most famous transgender individuals and a tireless campaigner for transgender equality, she is an icon and inspiration to many. In this exhibition, for the first time, we explore April's very public story through her previously unseen private archive and investigate the wider impact of changing social and legal conditions for all trans* and lesbian, gay and bisexual people from 1935 to today. Alongside this, members of the trans and gender diverse communities also share their own remarkable life stories. A collaborative project between the Museum of Liverpool and Homotopia - the international festival of queer arts and culture.

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