Outhouse East

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Outhouse East is a charity (now known as The Outhouse) that provides support and information to the LGBT people of Essex. It is based in Colchester town centre and provides a range of services and groups free of charge.

It was founded in 1979 as a one night a week helpline called Colchester Gay Switchboard. Its founding was linked to the Colchester CHE Group.[1] "" Outhouse’s 2022 Statement shows total reserves of £911,511 and states that: "Our funding has exceeded our objectives this year.Our grant income within these accounts amounts to £627,438". The amount given by Colchester Council and Outhouse's gender ideology promotion was challenged at a Colchester Council Cabinet meeting on 12 July 2023.

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  1. http://www.outhouseeast.org.uk/history.html. Outhouse East history page. Accessed: 2016-06-10. (Archived by WebCite® at http://www.webcitation.org/6i9k48d2N)