Gay people have always existed—but they haven’t always been able to express their love without condemnation and even criminal penalties. Take England, where a thriving gay underground existed for years before the country’s restrictive anti-gay laws were repealed. Too often, the lives and loves of LGBTQ people have been forced into the shadows. But now, a new exhibition at the British Library brings those struggles into the open. It’s called Gay UK: Love, Law and Liberty, and it runs in the entrance hall gallery through September 19. The exhibition coincides with the 50th anniversary of the Sexual Offences Act, a 1967 law that decriminalized homosexual behavior.
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