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.
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.