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Sir Ian McKellen opens groundbreaking LGBT exhibition

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Sir Ian McKellen praised Manchester’s inclusivity at the launch of the Never Going Underground exhibition.

The People’s History Museum’s latest exhibition is part of a wider community-led project to uncover the history of the LGBT+ activists who fought for equality, exploring the changes in legislation and attitudes over the years.

McKellen said: “We should all accept the simple fact that we should love each other. Radical non-conformist passion defines this city and it’s wonderful that the People’s History Museum should be telling this story. I hope this exhibition can go across the country so that this story can be told, and then it should travel the world.

“We can be proud to live in our country as gay people. And we can be proud, most of all – absolutely, believably and truthfully and honestly – of Manchester.”

Never Going Underground is part of a wider community-led project to uncover the history of the LGBT+ activists who fought for equality, exploring the changes in legislation and attitudes over the years.

Visitors can also see the iconic red anorak worn by actress Julie Hesmondhalgh playing Hayley Cropper in ITV’s Coronation Street and posters from Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners, as featured in the film Pride.

The world renowned actor is a regular at Manchester Pride and travels the country speaking with young people in schools about LGBT rights.

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