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Not in Norwich was performed around the country 1977-1978, although it was never actually performed in Norwich (poster image courtesy of Gary James)

LGBT history

Norwich CHE Group was founded in February 1972. Another CHE group was formed in September 1977 [1].

There was a Norwich GLF in 1972.

From 1977 the Young People's Theatre Project at The Royal Court Theatre in London, performed a play about gay young people called 'Not in Norwich'. This play edited by David Lan toured the country and put Norwich on the map.

In 1978 there was a gay disco called Fangs in Crown Road which was held on Saturday evenings. BiCon 1992 was held in Norwich.

Norwich Pride has been held in July.[2]

Women on Women was a local lesbian group.

In January 2019 Norwich Quaker Meeting received a request to hire of a room at the Meeting House for a discussion of women’s rights in light of the proposed changes to the Gender Recognition Act (GRA), to which speakers from Women’s Place UK would be invited. The Quakers allowed the Women's group to meet. This led to some protests by trans activists including intimidation and some abuse on social media [3].

The 2021 Census results identified the city as having the highest percentage of people identifying as bisexual in England and Wales [4].


  1. LSE HCA/Che/7/33. Presumably the first group folded. See Norwich CHE Group
  3. Norwich Meeting’s Experience of Conflict around Transgender Issues January 2019 – January 2020
  4. (accessed 9 January 2024)