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Borough of Burnley shown within Lancashire
Burnley is a borough in Lancashire, and also the name of the main town within the borough. At one time Burnley was one of the world's largest producers of cotton cloth, and a major centre of engineering.

LGBT history

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.[1] 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.

Burnley has a large gay scene, centred on the "Guys as Dolls" showbar in St James Street.[2][3]

Burnley LGBT Heritage aims to discover and celebrate Burnley and East Lancashire's LGBT history past and present.[4]

The B U Foundation, launched 2017, is a local LGBT peer support group.


  1. http://www.gaymonitor.co.uk/esquire3.htm Esquire Clubs - The Burnley Meeting, at Gay Monitor
  2. http://www.flickr.com/photos/rossendalewadey/3701828366/
  3. http://www.gayflagburnley.org.uk/gayfriendly.html FLAG Burnley
  4. http://burnleylgbtheritage.wordpress.com/