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Coming Out exhibition marking sexuality, gender and identity

Grayson Perry's Claire's Coming Out Dress, 2000, Nottingham City Museums and Galleries Collection Image copyright Grayson Perry, courtesy of Jerry Hardman-Jones
Image caption Grayson 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 copyright Grayson Perry. Image by Birmingham Museums Trust
Image caption Grayson 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 copyright Sarah Lucas, courtesy Sadie Coles HQ, London
Image caption Sarah Lucas, Self-Portrait with Mug of Tea
Image copyright Steve McQueen and Thomas Dane Gallery London
Image caption Steve McQueen, Bear - a still image from film
Image copyright Linder, courtesy of Stuart Shave, Modern Art
Image caption Untitled 1977 by Linder
Image copyright Sunil Gupta
Image caption Sunil 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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