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Curve Theatre, Leicester
Leicester is a city in the East Midlands. It is a unitary authority, although located within the ceremonial county of Leicestershire.

LGBT history

Joe Orton was born in Leicester in 1933.

Morley Clarke (1916-2010) was a tailor who lived and worked in Leicester. In 2021 Jo Somerset gave a presentation on the life of Morley and his life long partner Roland Spence as part of the Schools Out Outing The Past Festival [1]. Morley and Roland moved to Narborough after Morley's mother died in 1971.

Ray Gosling studied at Leicester University.

There was a Leicester GLF and a Leicester CHE Group (founded 1971).

In 1987 Leicester was one of the cities chosen for a homosexual lifestyle study. This survey was designed to see how AIDS might be spread. The survey was criticised by Doctor John Bottril, Chairman of the Leicester Gay Group. [2]

In 1988 Sandra Lucille of the Leicester Lesbian Information Service was interviewed on Central Television about the rights of lesbians and clause 28.[3]

Leicester Wildecats FC is a gay football team.

Leicester Pride is held at the beginning of September.

Bossa is a small gay café bar on Granby Street.

Leicester LGBT Centre is a voluntary organisation established to support LGBT people.[4]

There is an LGBT Oral History Project for Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.


  1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o6fj0enXajM accessed 18 September 2021
  2. A report on Central Television https://www.macearchive.org/films/central-news-east-05021987-sex-survey
  3. https://www.macearchive.org/films/central-news-east-03021988-clause-28
  4. http://www.leicesterlgbtcentre.org/