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Worthing Pier
Worthing is a seaside town and borough in West Sussex.
"Worthing is a place in Sussex. It's a seaside resort."[1]

LGBT history

Oscar Wilde wrote The Importance of Being Earnest while staying in Worthing in 1894.[2]

The American gay activist Harry Hay was born in Worthing in 1912.

In 1976 Worthing Council rejected the opportunity for the town to host the CHE Annual Conference. [3].

Resurrection LGBT club nights have been held at Club ILLUSIONS Genesis, Railway approach.[4]


  1. Said by the character Jack Worthing in Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest, Act I
  2. http://www.guardian.co.uk/culture/2009/jan/04/oscar-wilde-worthing-history "Unworthy of Worthing? Resort is split over honouring its Wilde child" Observer, 4 January 2009
  3. 'Worthing refuses CHE in '76' Gay News issue 60 page 7
  4. http://pinkuk.com/venues/venue.aspx?id=2632