Coming Out exhibition marking sexuality, gender and identity

image source, Grayson Perry, courtesy of Jerry Hardman-Jones
image captionGrayson Perry, Claire's Coming Out Dress

Works by artists Francis Bacon and Tracey Emin are going on show in a new exhibition which looks at issues around sexuality.

Coming Out marks 50 years since the Sexual Offences Act 1967 partially decriminalised male homosexual acts.

Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery's exhibition looks at how the artists explore themes of gender and identity.

A standout artwork is Grayson Perry's "Claire's Coming Out Dress", a spokesman said.

He wore the dress to mark his emergence as a transvestite to the art world.

image source, Grayson Perry. Image by Birmingham Museums Trust
image captionGrayson Perry, Who Am I

The exhibition runs from Saturday with comedian Joe Lycett performing the official opening.

It continues throughout December and also includes work by Vanley Burke, Gillian Wearing and Andy Warhol.

image source, Sarah Lucas, courtesy Sadie Coles HQ, London
image captionSarah Lucas, Self-Portrait with Mug of Tea
image source, Steve McQueen and Thomas Dane Gallery London
image captionSteve McQueen, Bear - a still image from film
image source, Linder, courtesy of Stuart Shave, Modern Art
image captionUntitled 1977 by Linder
image source, Sunil Gupta
image captionSunil Gupta, India Gate from the series 'Exiles', 1986-87. Even if you have a lover you should get married and have children. Who would look after you in your old age?

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