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Putting the Queen in Queen Square

Published on 27 July 2018

It’s hard to imagine Queen Square as being anything other than a bus station, but back in the day it had quite the colourful history. 

Before the buses became its main output, Queen Square was a hotbed for two main things: wholesale fruit distribution and the (secret) home of Liverpool’s LGBT community.   

It became Liverpool’s unofficial gay quarter before homosexuality was decriminalised in the late sixties. 

The city has come a long way since then. 

Tales from that era tell a story of hidden messages, secret meetings and a lot of brave faces who persevered through difficult times. 

They also tell of how Queen Square became a place of unity.  Its collection of pubs enabled a community to form.  Favourites included The Stork Hotel, the Roebuck, Magic Clock and our very own Royal Court Theatre. 

We are delighted to be included in the Tales from the City exhibition in the Museum of Liverpool.  The exhibition focuses on Liverpool’s extensive LGBT history over the years with a particular focus on people’s lived experiences.   You’ll find memorabilia ranging from ticket stubs to feathers donated from the people of Liverpool as well as interviews from previous customers. 

You can also find some of our old programmes on display, kindly supplied by avid theatre-goer Alan Spencer. 

Visit the exhibition, you won’t regret it. 

We are proud that one of our shows The Ruby Slippers was part of the official Liverpool Pride programme.  Also, our Community Choir sang their hearts out just before the march began outside St George's Hall.  

You all looked fabulous marching past and we hope you had a Happy Pride!

 

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