In 1971 there was a proposal to start a gay club in Burnley, as the first of the Esquire Clubs. The proposed granting of a license for the club caused considerable controversy, with Conservative Deputy Council Leader, Alderman Frank Bailey, suggesting that the building be bought by the corporation to stop the plan. CHE then called a meeting in Burnley Library, which became CHE's first real public meeting. This event has been dramatised as The Burnley Buggers' Ball, by Stephen M Hornby for LGBT History Month 2017.
The Blackburn and Burnley CHE Group was founded in 1972.
The B U Foundation, launched 2017, is a local LGBT peer support group.
- http://www.gaymonitor.co.uk/esquire3.htm Esquire Clubs - The Burnley Meeting, at Gay Monitor
- http://www.gayflagburnley.org.uk/gayfriendly.html FLAG Burnley