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Hull, officially Kingston upon Hull, is a city and unitary authority in the north of England, on the north bank of the Humber estuary. It is historically part of the East Riding and remains within the East Riding of Yorkshire ceremonial county. Between 1974 and 1996 it was a district within the County of Humberside.

LGBT History

Elsa Gidlow, Canadian/American lesbian poet, was born in Hull in 1898.

When Howard Johnson arrived in Hull in 1973 he reported to Gay News that there was no gay group in the city [1]. A Hull CHE group existed in the 1976, along with a Gaysoc at the University [2].

Hull LGBT Forum is a voice and representative body for LGBT people in Hull and the East Riding. Hull Pride has been celebrated since 2001. [3]

Colin Inglis was elected Lord Mayor of Hull in 2011.

The SHOUT Group is a confidential group supporting young LGBT people aged 16 to 25. Step out and Hull Unicorns also meet in Hull.

The LGBT+ Youth Network is a partnership between Cornerhouse, The Warren, East Riding Council and TPSG Hull - aiming to support LGBT+ young people in Hull and East Riding Council, bringing the youth groups together to increase support and amplifying the voices of the LGBT+ communities.

TPSG Hull and TPSG Hull Dragons are support groups for local trans people.

The Royal Station Hotel, the New York Hotel and the Polar Bear were a former gay pubs.

Hull & East Yorkshire Transcendence (HEY Transcendence or HEYT) is a peer support group for all gender non-conforming people in Hull and the East Riding of Yorkshire.


  1. Letter 'Gay Life in Hull' in Gay News no 17. Johnson took us a post as assistant lecturer at the University of Hull.
  2. Gay News listings Issue 101 26 August 1976
  3. accessed 1.07.2020