Independent bookshops like In Other Words were often instrumental in supporting LGBT community as well as creating a space for radical politics to thrive and people to connect.
How has the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered communities’ relationship with public and private spaces evolved and developed in Plymouth?
Uncovering LGBTQ histories outside the capital at the Hidden Histories Seminar in Plymouth
Have your say on Plymouth’s LGBTQ history on 4 March 2017.
The Hidden Histories Seminar explores the importance of researching diverse history locally and regionally, providing examples of good practice. It runs 29-30 November 2016 at the University of Plymouth.
From the 1950s to the 1970s the Lockyer Tavern on Lockyer Street in Plymouth was an important social space for gay men, in particular its ‘back bar’. Originally the home of a local surgeon, Sir George McGrath, the building that housed the Lockyer became a hotel in 1862. With expansions in the late nineteenth century and survival through WWII, it was a well-known queer location for much of the second half of the twentieth-century.