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Hampshire showing districts
1 Gosport
2 Fareham
3 Winchester
4 Havant
5 East Hampshire
6 Hart
7 Rushmoor
8 Basingstoke and Deane
9 Test Valley
10 Eastleigh
11 New Forest
12 Southampton (Unitary)
13 Portsmouth (Unitary)
Hampshire is a county in southern England, now part of the South East region. The county council area covers 11 local government districts:

Basingstoke and Deane, City of Winchester, East Hampshire, Eastleigh, Fareham, Gosport, Hart, Havant, New Forest, Rushmoor, and Test Valley.

The ceremonial county also includes two unitary authorities, the City of Portsmouth and the City of Southampton.

Christchurch and Bournemouth were originally in Hampshire, but were transferred to Dorset in 1974.

LGBT History

George Ives was brought up in Hampshire and the south of France.
George Ives grave in Bentworth photo by Dr C Williams
Booklet published in 2019 about the LGBT+ History of the county (a revised edition was published in 2024)

South West Hants CHE Group (also known as South Hants CHE Group) was founded in October 1971.

Healthy Gay Hampshire was an HIV prevention service which covered most of the county.[1]

In 2008 the gay football club GFC Bournemouth changed its name to GFC Bournemouth & Hampshire.

Hampshire Pride was held in Winchester 2015- 2019, with a parade starting at the University of Winchester.

Kroma was an empowering and enabling organisation for the LGBT+ communities, their families and friends, within Portsmouth, Gosport, Fareham and Havant. It closed down in 2019.

Break Out provide LGBT groups for young people in the county, and Y-Services in the south east part of the county.

In 2019 Hampshire Record Office in Winchester hosted a queer history of Hampshire display mounted by Y-Services [2]. To accompany the display Dr Clifford Williams produced a thirty-six page booklet entitled 'A Queer A-Z of Hampshire' [3]. A collection of oral interviews with older LGBT people who were interviewed by younger LGBT people are held in the Wessex Film and Sound Archive at the Hampshire Record Office. [4]

The Hampshire Archives and Local Studies blog in February 2022 featured a piece by Dr Clifford Williams on 'The Challenges of Uncovering Hidden Histories: Regional LGBTQ+ voices' [5]. In June 2023 the Hampshire Archives Trust blog was written by Dr Clifford Williams on Hampshire's LGBT history [6]. This was followed by a podcast about LGBT archives in February 2024 [7].


  1. http://www.wsmsh.org.uk/about/index.html
  2. https://hampshirearchivesandlocalstudies.wordpress.com/2019/08/30/lgbt-history-display-a-queer-history-of-hampshire/
  3. A Queer A-Z of Hampshire' by Dr Clifford Williams (2019)(Cuthbert Creme Books:Hampshire). A revised third edition was published in 2024 after the first two editions sold out
  4. Accession reference AV1637
  5. https://hampshirearchivesandlocalstudies.wordpress.com/2022/02/13/the-challenges-of-uncovering-hidden-histories-regional-lgbtq-voices/ Accessed 14 February 2022
  6. https://hampshirearchivestrust.co.uk/stories/blog/hampshires-lgbt-history Accessed 28 June 2023
  7. https://hampshirearchivestrust.co.uk/stories/podcast/series-2-episode-8-lgbt-histories-in-hampshire (accessed 27 February 2024)