During February, residents in Salford are sharing their experience of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) life to give others the opportunity to walk in their shoes for LGBT History Month.
A group of public and third sector organisations in Salford, known as the LGBT Multi-Agency Forum (MAF) have come together to organise an interactive experience for LGBT history month. The pop-up exhibition, which has been named ‘walk in my shoes’, will feature audio recordings of Salford resident’s telling their story of what it was like to grow up in the city as a member of the LGBT community.
University of Salford, Salford City College and Salford Museum are just a small selection of the venues which will host ‘walk in my shoes’ across LGBT history month in February. Visitors to the events will have the opportunity to listen to the stories on MP3 players or they can listen on their own device. They include a variety of personal and emotional monologues from people in Salford who grew up experiencing violence, abandonment and isolation and who survived by forming communities and even secret languages. After listening to some of the stories, visitors will be given a free pair of rainbow shoelaces.
Though the project looks at stories from the past, the organisers of ‘walk in my shoes’ have said the experience aims to raise awareness of some of the issues still faced in the LGBT community such as homophobia and transphobia.
Salford City Mayor Paul Dennett praised the experience and said: ‘Each of the stories on offer paint a really important picture of what it was like to grow up in Salford as an LGBT person. Salford is proud to celebrate our lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans residents and I welcome events acknowledging LGBT history month in our city.”
LGBT History Month is an annual celebration and commemoration of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history and the history of gay rights and civil rights movements.
For more information about the project, contact LGBT@Salford.gov.uk