The stories of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT+) people are often missing from local libraries and archives. LGBT+ Network Wolverhampton joined Wolverhampton Archives and Light House Media Centre to record and preserve stories that were in danger of being lost forever. Volunteers undertook training and interviewed over 80 local people on topics including how dating had changed over time and prejudice they had experienced.
The LGBT+ History Wolverhampton YouTube channel was set up to share over 250 interview clips plus a documentary film which explains Wolverhampton’s unique LGBT story. Both challenged perceptions and sparked discussions at public film showings.
A second film, also available on the YouTube channel, is being used in anti-homophobia training by schools, universities and housing associations, changing the attitudes of the next generation in Wolverhampton’s story.