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 and 2021 Pride events were cancelled because of the coronavirus problem. . In 2022 Out On An Island produced a book by that name published by Medina Publishing .
In 2021 Channel 4 broadcast a five part drama called It's a Sin written by Russell T Davies. The drama features Olly Alexander as a young gay man called Richie who arrives in London from the Isle Of Wight in September 1981. Later he returns to his parents house on the Island where he dies of AIDS.
- 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
- The Isle of Wight's hidden LGBTQ+ history: people, place and real-life stories. ISBN 978-1-911487-64-7