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Victoria Tower, Castle Hill
Huddersfield is a town in West Yorkshire, formerly in the West Riding, now part of the metropolitan borough of Kirklees. It is known as the birthplace of Rugby Union. Local landmarks include the Grade 1 listed neoclassical style railway station.

LGBT History

Huddersfield CHE Group was formed in November 1971 as an offshoot of the Trans-Pennine Group.

In 1981 the gay Gemini Club in Huddersfield was being harassed by the local police, who opposed the renewal of its licence. The licensee, John Addy, failed to have his licence renewed but the club was able to retain its licence by a new licensee [1]. As a protest against the harassment, the London Pride march that year was moved to Huddersfield. Many charges against gay people were dropped.[2]

Huddersfield Gay Group (HuGG) is a local group for gay and bisexual men.[3]


  1. Gay News issue 21, April 2 1981. It was thought by Gay News that the 5,500 signature petition in favour of the club helped persuade the magistrates of the need for the club to remain open in Huddersfield
  2. Kirklees LGBT Community Network, "Gay Pride 1981 to 2011 – LGBT history in the making"