Ian Sanderson. We often find it necessary to keep our homosexuality quiet

4 Nov 2017 – 6 Jan 2018

mac birmingham

Birmingham, United Kingdom


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Marking the 50th anniversary year of the partial decriminalisation of male homosexuality in England and Wales, SHOUT presents an exhibition of documentary photography charting the history of the Gay Liberation Front in Birmingham in the 1970s.


Told through the camera lens of one member, Ian Sanderson, We Often Find It Necessary To Keep Our Homosexuality Quiet (titled after the opening line of the Birmingham GLF Manifesto) is an intimate and powerful snapshot into our city’s queer history. 

In their first public exhibition Ian Sanderson’s vivid and provocative images offer a rich and varied insight into the activism, history, and lives of the Birmingham GLF in the decade following the 1967 Sexual Offences Act. Documenting marches, prides, leafleting on the streets of the city, meetings, and social events this exhibition explores some of Birmingham’s forgotten histories. We invite you to join us, share your memories, and investigate a key period of social change for Lesbian and Gay people in the city.

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