History archive helps celebrate Plymouth's LGBT past
PRIDE in Plymouth helped to celebrate LGBT History Month with its award-winning archive.
The Pride in Our Past archive, displayed in the Roland Levinsky Building at Plymouth University, explores the history of people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) in the city.
The archive received national recognition when it won the Most Inspirational CommunityArchive award from the Community Archives and Heritage Group in 2012.
The archive includes information about the criminalisation of homosexuality, punishments for those found guilty and the underground gay scene in Plymouth.
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Alan Butler, a PhD student at Plymouth University, said: "LGBT History Month is incredibly important as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people have traditionally been overlooked from mainstream history.
"Being gay meant you were often considered criminal or insane so this month allows LGBT people to celebrate their place in history and in their community.
"Plymouth's always had quite a thriving gay population but there have been lots of times in history where they've had to stay undercover.
"The archive project has given them the opportunity to claim their history."