Isle of Wight
The largest town is Ryde.
In the 16th century Nicholas Udall was for a time vicar of Calborne on the Isle of Wight. World War One poet Robert Malise Bowyer Nichols (1893-1944) was born on the island. His poem " The Burial In Flanders" is reproduced in The Penguin Book of Homosexual Verse .
There was an Isle of Wight CHE Group. In 1992 an Island Gay and Lesbian Switchboard was launched . In 1997 the Island Switchboard published 'Speaking Out' (Delta Press) about lgbt lives on the island.
Break out Isle of Wight is a group for LGBT young people to meet other young people, make friends, talk about things important to them and have fun! In 2019 it was advertised as meeting alternate Tuesdays from – 6.30pm-8.30pm .
The Wishnet website had an article entitled "History of the gay community on the Island".Isle of Wight Pride has been held in Ryde from 2017, however the 2020 Pride event was cancelled because of the coronavirus problem. .
- Rictor Norton provided this information http://rictornorton.co.uk/
- Isle of Wight County Press 13 Nov 1992
- https://www.theproudtrust.org/youth-groups/breakout-isle-wight/ accessed 25 Nov 2019.
- http://www.wish-net.co.uk/over34/wish-net.php?lesbian-gay-bisexual-transgender Wishnet - Isle of Wight Integrated Sexual Health Network missing on website 25 Nov 2019