Hebden Bridge has attracted artists, and has developed a small New Age community. It became attractive in the 1980s and 1990s to lesbians as a place of mutual support to bring up children. As of 2004 Hebden Bridge had the highest number of lesbians per head in the UK.
In April 2005, Hebden Bridge was named the fourth quirkiest place in the world by High Life (the British Airways flight magazine) and was described as "modern and stylish in an unconventional and stylish way".
In 2016 the first Happy Valley Pride was held in the town.
Partly based on a Wikipedia article.
- "Lesbians the toast of the Two Ferrets". The Observer, 29 July 2001.
- Julie Bindel, "Location, location, orientation", The Guardian, 27 March 2004.
- Sophie Robehmed, "Why is Hebden Bridge the lesbian capital?", BBC News]], 9 February 2012.
- "Web News 2005: Hebden Bridge: 4th funkiest town in the World", Hebden Bridge, 1 May 2005.