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King's College Chapel, seen from The Backs
Cambridge is a city in Cambridgeshire, mainly known as the location of the University of Cambridge, one of the two ancient English universities.

LGBT History

The University of Cambridge has a rich history of gay students including law reform campaigner George Ives and the notorious Guy Burgess.

In 1970 John Hiles formed the Cambridge branch of CHE. The following year, Hiles, together with Chris Heron, set up Gay Cambridge. Hiles committed suicide in 1978 [1]. Toby Keynes (Gonville and Caius) flew the Cambridge Gay Liberation flag from the top of King’s Parade (from his rooms, in the corner tower) at Gay Cambridge's 10th birthday celebration at Easter 1981, and nearly got sent down.

There is a Cambridge University LGBT+ Alumni Association which is 2024 started to compile Q100 exhibition of 100 trailblazing LGBT Alumni.

In 2007 Jenny Bailey became mayor of Cambridge.

Queer Cambridge was a directory of queer groups, resources, organisations and links aimed for those in Cambridge.[2]

Cambridge LGBTQ+ group was functioning in 2023 [3].

Cambridge Diamonds is a social and self-help group supporting the transgender communities in Eastern England.[4]


  1. Gay News 16 November 1978 page 4
  2. now defunct website link
  3. Accessed 2 July 2023
  4. Accessed 2 July 2023