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This article is about the former group in London. For the current group in Manchester, see Icebreakers Manchester.

Icebreakers was a support group for gay men and lesbians. It was planned in 1972 [1] but appears to have been established in 1973 [2] , and ran until about 1984 from premises in Brixton [3].Micky Burbidge was an active member of Icebreakers. Icebreakers ran a disco at the Prince Albert (Central Station), and then from summer 1979 at the Hemingford Arms in London every Friday evening [4]. Antony Grey (1992) states that Icebreakers was 'an offshoot of the GLF (Gay Liberation Front) anti-psychiatry group[5].

Hemingford Arms 2018


  1. Papers in the Bishopsgate Institute: TOWNSON/21 Papers and correspondence regarding gay counselling organisations
  2. Gay News no 28 1973 Dennis Hudson and Micky Burbidge write 'We started operating on 10th May 1973, from an address in Brixton' & Gay News no 46 1974 'Icebreakers celebrate their first anniversary Happy Birthday' was the headline on the front page
  3. Out of the Shadows, Chapter 15. The start year for Icebreakers is given as 1971 in an article in Mister Vol 3 no 4
  4. Capital Gay 17 July 1981 listings. Admission was 30p. The disco was held upstairs at the Hemingford Arms pub. A 12 minute audio recording done at the Hemingford Arms at an Icebreakers disco in 1982 is held at the British Library (Catalogue C586/319)
  5. Antony Grey (1992) p 181 Quest for Justice; Towards Homosexual Emancipation (Sinclair-Stevenson;London) ISBN 1 85619 155 9