Leeds Rainbow Plaques
Leeds Civic Trust is delighted to be working with Leeds City Council to create a special #RainbowPlaques trail throughout Leeds city centre this summer. Displayed during Pride, these plaques will mark people, places and events that have shaped our city’s LGBT+ story. From Angela Morley (the first openly transgender Academy Award nominee) to Alice Bacon MP who was instrumental in the decriminalisation of homosexuality; from Leeds Town Hall (an historical focus of rallies and campaigning) to the entertainment district in Lower Briggate, Leeds has much to commemorate, contemplate and celebrate. However, for the scheme to work, we need your ideas! Who, what or where do you think should be commemorated with a special ‘Rainbow Plaque’? Is there someone from the LGBT+ community here in Leeds that has been an inspiration to you? Has a place or event here in Leeds played an important part in your life? Send in your nominations to us by March 16 for an opportunity to have your idea featured on a #RainbowPlaque!
- To make the trail accessible, the Rainbow Plaques will be based in the city centre. Successful candidates, places and events will have their plaque put up in a prominent location
- Rainbow Plaques can commemorate:
- people (who may still be alive today), but have contributed to the LGBT+ story of Leeds.
- events that are important in Leeds’ LGBT+ history (this could include recent or more historical events)
- places (buildings, locations) that have significance for the LGBT+ community in Leeds
- All nominations will be considered and decided by the Rainbow Plaques organising group. We anticipate that 12-15 #rainbow plaques will be displayed in total in the first year.
- Maps will be available during August and early September for the general public to walk the Rainbow Plaque trail.