Manuscripts, posters and objects tell story of society’s transformation in show to mark 50th anniversary of decriminalisation

The history of gay culture in the UK, from its repression to its celebration in the past 100 years, is to be displayed for the first time in a major exhibition at the British Library to mark the 50th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality.

Original literary manuscripts and rare prints of newspapers and novels are to go on show at the London venue to mark the “transformation in society’s attitudes towards gay love and expression”, curators at the library said.

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